A417 Missing Link

Project information

Latest update - 16 November 2022

The Secretary of State has today granted development consent for this application. For further information please refer to the following decision documentation:

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About the project

Type of application: Highways

Name of applicant: Highways England

The proposed scheme would provide a dual carriageway to improve the current “Missing Link” section of single carriageway of the A417 between Cowley roundabout and Crickley Hill. The 5.5km route commences at the end of the Brockworth Bypass, following the line and approximate level of the existing A417 up Crickley Hill to a point near to Cold Slad / Grove Farm. Here it would divert from the line of the existing carriageway and bear east and to the south of Air Balloon roundabout on a 510m right-hand bend in a cutting of various depths. The route then runs in a south-easterly direction through Shab Hill, just east of Birdlip Radio Station and Stockwell Farm, towards Cowley roundabout. The route would then re-join the existing A417 just south of Cowley Roundabout. A grade separated junction would be provided at Shab Hill with link roads for access to Birdlip and destinations towards Stroud (via the B4070), and for access to Cheltenham and the A40 (via the A436). A minor, grade separated junction would be provided at Cowley for local access to villages such as Stockwell, Elkstone, and Brimpsfield.

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Project stage

This project is at the post-decision stage.

This application was granted on 16 November 2022.


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This is when the applicant sends us their application documents. We check if we can accept the application for examination. We have 28 days to make this decision.

How the acceptance stage works and what happens next.

The Examining Authority is appointed and is made up of one or more inspectors. Anyone who wants to have their say needs to register at this stage.

The applicant must publish that the application has been accepted by us. They include when and how parties can register to get involved. The time period for registering is set by the applicant but must be no less than 28 days.

The pre-examination stage usually takes about 3 months.

What happens during the pre-examination stage.

The Examining Authority will ask questions about the proposed development. The applicant and anyone who has registered to have their say can get involved and submit comments at each deadline in the timetable. You can also attend hearings that may take place. This stage takes up to 6 months.

What happens at the examination stage?

The Examining Authority writes its recommendation report. This must be completed and sent to the relevant Secretary of State within 3 months of the end of examination stage.

Making a recommendation.

The decision stage is when the relevant Secretary of State then reviews the report and makes the final decision. They have 3 months to make a decision.

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What happens after the decision is made

Once the Secretary of State has made a decision, there is a 6 week period where people can challenge the decision in the high court. This is called a judicial review.

What you can do after the decision has been made.

Project location

Located between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout in Gloucestershire

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