Press release

A30 Temple to Higher Carblake Improvement scheme given development consent

Today, 5 February 2015, the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake Improvement scheme has been granted development consent by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Motorway Intersection

The application was for development consent to dual the current 4.5 kilometre section of single carriageway A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake to the north-east of Bodmin in Cornwall. The proposals also include the building of 3 new grade separated junctions comprising 3 overpass bridges with associated approach and exit roads.

The decision announced today follows an examination process by the Planning Inspectorate, which was completed within the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011).

The application was submitted by Cornwall Council for consideration on 15 August 2013 and was accepted for examination on 9 September 2013.

Following the examination, where interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Secretary of State for Transport on 6 November 2014.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Simon Ridley, said:

“This is the 12th transport and the 7th road scheme to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate and given Development Consent. The examination of the application was completed within the statutory timescale of six months followed by a recommendation made to the Secretary of State for Transport. This provides developers and investors with the confidence to build and improve the transport networks this country needs.”

“A major priority for us over the course of the examination was to ensure that communities who might be affected by this proposal had the opportunity to put forward their views. As always, the Examining Authority gave careful consideration to these before reaching its conclusion.”

Documentation, including the decision, the recommendation made to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its decision, is publicly available on the National Infrastructure Planning website.


Notes to editors:

  1. Journalists requiring further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or email:

  2. From April 2012, the relevant Secretary of State became the decision maker on all national infrastructure applications for development consent. At the end of the examination of an application, which will still be completed within a maximum of six months, the Planning Inspectorate will have three months to make a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State who will then have a further three months to reach their decision.

  3. The Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Programme of Projects details the proposals which are anticipated to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as applications in the coming months.

Published 5 February 2015