THE southern bypass, which is set to link the A1 near Gorse Lane with the A52 at Old Somerby roundabout can go ahead, the Appeal Court has ruled.
Planning permission was granted by South Kesteven District Council in 2013 for the Southern Quadrant Link Road.
The decision was subsequently challenged by Larkfleet Homes in a Judicial Review, but this was rejected by the High Court
However, Larkfleet Homes appealed to the Court of Appeal to overrule this previous decision and quash the planning permission.
The appeal was based on the fact the developer felt SKDC did not fully take into account the environmental impact of a proposal for a nearby housing development when granting permission for the road.
They also argued that the road and housing development should have been considered and dealt with as one project. These challenges were rejected by three Appeal Court judges.
Executive member for Highways and Transportation, Coun Richard Davies, said: “We are delighted that the court has once again ruled against the continued and unwarranted challenge which has plagued this road since it was first granted planning permission.
“It is very disappointing though, that at least £50,000 of tax payers’ money has now been wasted over the past two years defending a decision which was clearly the right one to have been taken.
“We can hopefully now progress without further unnecessary delay or expense to the tax payer.”
The 3km section of road will lead from a new roundabout to be created off the B1174, around the Southern Quadrant, linking up with the A52 at Somerby Hill, paving the way for the regeneration of the area including the 4,000 home Spittlegate Heath development.
This will be the final phase of an £80m Southern Relief Road which will link the A52 to the A1, and will improve Grantham’s infrastructure, enable economic growth and improve journey times for traffic travelling east to west, north to south and vice versa.
The Lincolnshire County Council-led scheme is supported by South Kesteven District Council, Greater Lincolnshire LEP (GLLEP), Lincolnshire Strategic Transport Board and local businesses.