Highways England

Highways England logoSection 56 Planning Act 2008

Regulation 9 of The Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009

Notice of Acceptance of an Application for a Development Consent Order

A63 Castle Street Improvement, Hull

Notice is hereby given that the Secretary of State for Transport has accepted an application by Highways England Company Limited of Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, GU1 4LZ (“the Applicant”) for a Development Consent Order (“DCO”) under the Planning Act 2008 (“the Application”). The Application was submitted by Highways England to the Secretary of State c/o the Planning Inspectorate (“PINS”) on Thursday 20 September 2018 and was accepted on 18 October 2018. The reference number applied to the Application by PINS is TR010016.

The DCO would authorise improvements to the A63 and connecting side roads in Hull between Ropery Street and the Market Place/Queen Street junction. The proposed development (“the Scheme”) in summary involves:

  • Lowering the level of the A63 by approximately 7m into an underpass at the Mytongate Junction and raising Ferensway and Commercial Road by approximately 1m creating a grade separated (split-level) junction. New east and west-bound slip roads would link the A63 and Mytongate Junction.
  • Widening the east-bound carriageway of the A63 to three lanes between Princes Dock Street and Market Place, with the nearside lane being marked for local traffic.
  • Removing all existing signal controlled and uncontrolled pedestrian crossings on the A63, between Ropery Street and the Market Place/Queen Street junction.
  • Providing a new bridge over the A63 for pedestrians, cycles and disabled users at Porter Street.
  • Providing a new bridge over the A63 for pedestrians, cycles and disabled users south of Princes Quay shopping centre.
  • Upgrading the existing route from Market Place under the A63 using High Street to allow pedestrians, cycles and disabled users to cross underneath the A63.
  • Restricting access to the A63 by closing some junctions and restricting movements on some side roads to improve safety.
  • Changes and enhancements to existing highways to maintain access to all properties.
  • Vegetation clearance, exhumation and reburial works within Trinity Burial Ground resulting in the permanent loss of approximately one third of the site to accommodate the new Mytongate Junction.
  • Demolition of the Myton Centre to enable the development of replacement public open space for the permanent loss of land at Trinity Burial Ground.
  • Demolition and rebuilding of the Grade II listed Earl de Grey Public House.
  • Improvement works to Castle Buildings.
  • Localised diversion of statutory utilities that currently cross beneath the existing A63.
  • A water storage and pumping station structure to collect the drainage from the underpass and pump it away for discharge

The DCO would authorise the compulsory acquisition of land, interests in land and rights over land, and the powers to use land permanently and temporarily for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Scheme.

The DCO would make provisions in connection with several ancillary matters including: the temporary and permanent stopping up of lengths of existing highways in the vicinity of the route; the temporary and permanent stopping up or diversion of highways and; the temporary and permanent stopping up of private means of access in the vicinity of the route.

The Scheme is Environmental Impact Assessment development (“EIA development”) as defined by The Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009) The Application is therefore accompanied by an Environmental Statement.

Copies of the application form and accompanying documents, plans and maps, including the Environment Statement are available for inspection free of charge from 07/11/2018 until 20/12/2018 at the following locations and times.

opening hours

Copies of the Environmental Statement Non-Technical Summary are available to take away, free of charge, from these locations, or can be obtained by contacting the project team using the contact details at the end of this notice.

The application form and the accompanying documents, plans and Environmental Statement can also be viewed online at the National Infrastructure website for the Application: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/a63-castle-street-improvement-hull

Copies may also be purchased from the project team using the contact details at the end of this notice. Copies of the suite of application documents can be obtained for a charge of £615 for hard copies. On request, a CD/DVD containing these documents will be provided free of charge. Copies of individual documents are also available on request and a charge may apply.

Any person may make representations on the Application to the Secretary of State (ie: giving notice of any interest in or objection to the Application). Any representation relating to the Application must be submitted on a registration form and give the grounds on which it is made. PINS have issued detailed advice on registering as an interested party and making a relevant representation, to which you are advised to have regard. This advice notice (8.2 – How to Register to Participate in an Examination) can be found at:


The Registration and Relevant Representation form will be made available by PINS on the relevant page for the Application via the National Infrastructure website



Alternatively, you can request a hard copy of the form by telephoning 0303 444 5000 quoting the name of the Application and PINS reference number TR010016. A completed hard copy form to be submitted to PINS should be sent to:

The Planning Inspectorate

Major Applications & Plans, 3D, Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, BRISTOL BS1 6PN

Please quote reference number TR010016 in all correspondence with PINS about this Application.

Representations must be received by PINS no later than Thursday 20 December 2018. Please note that any submitted representations to PINS will be published on the National Infrastructure website for the Application.

Further information about the Application may be obtained from Highways England as follows:

Post:   A63 Castle Street Improvement, Hull Project Team,

Regional Investment Programme, Major Projects, Highways England, Lateral, 8 City Walk,

Leeds, LS11 9AT

Email: A63CastleStreet.Hull@highwaysengland.co.uk

Telephone: 0300 123 5000


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