We are proposing to upgrade the route between the Black Cat roundabout and Caxton Gibbet roundabout with a new 10-mile dual carriageway and a number of junction improvements. The scheme will improve journeys between Milton Keynes and Cambridge, bringing communities together and supporting long term growth in the region.
What’s happening now?
This scheme is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), which means it’s classed as a large, complex infrastructure project that benefits the entire country.
To build the scheme, we need to seek permission through a special planning process and gain a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Planning Inspectorate.
We submitted our Development Consent Order application on 26 February 2021. This follows extensive engagement with the region – we’ve met with over 4,500 people to discuss our plans and formally consulted over 5,000 people to understand their views.
Using technology, we’ve explored new ways to share our proposals, we created a virtual consultation room to enable people to take part in our supplementary consultation during the Covid19 pandemic. And we’re encouraging more young people and their families into the planning process by using Minecraft, the world’s most popular video game. To find out about our consultations, visit our consultation page.
The A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme entered the examination stage for its Development Consent Order (DCO) application on Wednesday 18 August 2021, following the close of a procedural meeting known as the Preliminary Meeting. The draft examination timetable has now been published by the Planning Inspectorate, which lists key dates and deadlines through the examination period. The Planning Inspectorate has appointed members of the panel who will examine the application, known as the Examining Authority.
You can find out more guidance about how to get involved by visiting the Planning Inspectorate’s website, or by watching the Planning Inspectorate video 'How to have your say on nationally significant infrastructure projects'.
You can find out more about the scheme in this video:
Watch our fly-through video showing you our proposals for the scheme.
This video is illustrative and reflects the design as of April 2021.