A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool
We’re building a new offline bypass around the village of Little Singleton. The bypass will help to reduce congestion, improve safety, reduce the impact of traffic on the local community, and remove a major bottleneck on the main road to Fleetwood.
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The A585 is the main road in and out of Fleetwood and surrounding areas. It's heavily congested between Windy Harbour and Skippool and drivers currently suffer from significant delays during peak periods. The road also has a poor safety record.
Congestion is particularly severe at the junction with the A586 at Little Singleton and the signalised junction with the A588 at Shard Road. A high number of accidents are reported at these junctions and the volume of traffic is also a concern for local people, pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists.
If we don’t make improvements to this three-mile section of road, it's likely there will be a rise in traffic levels and an increase in the number of accidents and delays to journey times.
We aim to improve:
- Reliability: by reducing congestion, especially around Little Singleton, Shard Road and Skippool junctions, which will improve journey times
- Socio-economic: by supporting the economic growth potential in both Wyre and Fylde and supporting planned residential developments in the local area
- Safety: by improving the safety of pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists around the existing A585
What is a compulsory purchase?
To build the bypass between Windy Harbour and Skippool, we need to compulsory purchase land for where the new road will go. The power to get this land was given to us when our Development Consent Order was approved in April 2020. Temporary access to other land is also required to allow us to carry out our construction work
Notices to land owners
We’ve issued the required notifications and legal process to the relevant land owners. We need early access to some of the land, and Notices of Intended Entry has also been issued to those landowners and occupiers. We’re now in the process of obtaining title to all land required using a General Vesting Declaration. This is a process that allows land to be directly transferred to Highways England on a set date. We then agree suitable compensation in line with the Compensation Code, which is paid to the land owner. We aim to have this process finalised by the end of February 2021.
Most interested parties have appointed agents to act on their behalf. Regular discussions with the agents are being held, ensuring they’re kept updated on the process and finalising any details. Once we have completed the transfer of land, we can then make the initial payment to any affected parties.
If you’re one of the interested parties, you can speed up this process by ensuring your agent has submitted a claim form and a request for an advance payment. Please note that this can be submitted at any time. The initial payment will be less than the final agreed amount, unless this has already been agreed.
Notices for half-width
Notices have been sent to some properties that border the existing A585 on Mains Lane and the surrounding area, as they could be entitled to make a claim in the future.
If the highway adjacent to the property were to be removed, the landowners of nearby properties could make a claim to the land under the highway. This is referred to as the half-width as it is half the width of the road.
This is an extremely unlikely scenario which would require the road to be deemed unnecessary by a court after an application for it to be “stopped up”. We issued notices on these properties as a safeguard in case we were asked by another party to obtain the rights to ground underneath the highway.
At present we do not believe we’ll need to exercise this power. However, we retain the right to do so should it be required for the project to be completed. If we did exercise this power a nominal payment of around £50 would be due to affected properties.
View our documents for further information on compulsory purchase and how to make a claim. Alternatively, if you like to discuss this further, please contact the project team at A585WindyHarbourToSkippool@highwaysengland.co.uk.
Section 56 - Notice of Acceptance of an Application for a Development Consent Order
Consultation Report (Planning Inspectorate website)
Consultation leaflet: A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool
Consultation brochure: A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool
Consultation questionnaire: A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool
Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC): A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool
Preliminary Environmental Information Report
Scheme Layout Plan with Red Line Boundary
Scheme Layout Plan and Red Line Boundary (with aerial photography)
Section 47 notice
Section 48 notice
Consultation poster: A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool
Development Consent Order leaflet
PEIR Appendix A drawings part 1 of 9
PEIR Appendix A drawings part 2 of 9
PEIR Appendix A drawings part 3 of 9
PEIR Appendix A drawings part 4 of 9
PEIR Appendix A drawings part 5 of 9
PEIR Appendix A drawings part 6 of 9
PEIR Appendix A drawings part 7 of 9
PEIR Appendix A drawings part 8 of 9
PEIR Appendix A drawings part 9 of 9
PEIR Appendix B
Preliminary Environmental Information Report non-technical summary