Lincolnshire County Council has successfully managed to get all objections to the project withdrawn, meaning the next phase of work should start sooner than expected.
Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Following ongoing discussions with Western Power and Zurich, I’m happy to announce that all objections to the Grantham Southern Relief Road have been withdrawn.
“A public inquiry will still need to be held in early January since we’ve gotten past the point of no return in the inquiry process.
“But, because there aren’t any objectors, we don’t expect this to last more than a day.
“With all the objections removed, our hope is that Central Government’s decision process should move faster than normal, similar to other schemes where this has happened.
“This is great news for the people of Grantham and this scheme, as it means we can hopefully start work on the second phase of the project sooner than expected next year.”
The new public inquiry date is set for Wednesday 2 January at 10am at Jubilee Church Life Centre in Grantham.
This all comes following the original start of the inquiry (Tuesday 4 December) being postponed due to an administrative error, which provided the council’s project team with more time to reach agreements with Western Power and Zurich.
The Grantham Southern Relief Road project is being led by Lincolnshire County Council and supported by South Kesteven District Council, Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Highways England, Homes and Communities Agency and local businesses.
For the latest news on the Grantham Southern Relief Road, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/majorprojects.