The draft Plan
During a 12 week consultation period from 23 September to 16 December 2013, the Welsh Government sought your comments on:
1. The draft Plan (preferred strategy): A motorway to the South of Newport – The Black Route and its Complementary Measures;
2. Reasonable alternative to the draft Plan: A dual carriageway to the South of Newport – The Red Route and its Complementary Measures;
3. Reasonable alternative to the draft Plan: A motorway along an alternative alignment to the South of Newport – The Purple Route and its Complementary Measures; and
4. The Do Minimum scenario (doing nothing above what is already planned or committed).
The draft Plan Consultation Document, all draft Plan assessments, and the Response Form were available to view or download on this website and at a number of deposit points during the consultation period. A number of public drop-in exhibitions were held around the project area where people could also collect copies of the documentation. The purpose of these exhibitions was to enable people to view the consultation information and ask questions.
Further information about the draft Plan can be found in its Consultation Document and associated assessments, available to download below.
The draft Plan Consultation Document was the summary document for the draft Plan, outlining options for addressing problems of capacity, safety and resilience on the M4 Corridor around Newport.
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The draft Plan Consultation Document and its assessments were subject to a single consultation. Comments were encouraged using a single Response Form (please note the consultation has now closed)..
This short questionnaire provided people with the opportunity to give feedback on the consultation process and activities, which will help us identify where things can be improved in future consultations. Responses to this form did not in any way form part of the official draft Plan consultation (please note the consultation has now closed).
These are the exhibition boards used during the consultation events.
Supporting Documents (for information purposes only)
The following documents provided supporting information and helped shape the development of the draft Plan for the M4 Corridor around Newport.
Welsh Transport Planning and Appraisal Guidance is a transport appraisal tool applicable to transport projects, plans and programmes in Wales. The Welsh Government requires that major transport initiatives seeking government funding are appraised with this guidance. The M4 Corridor around Newport, as a strategy, plan or programme, has been appraisal at a strategy level. The primary aim of the appraisal at this strategy level is to filter and reduce the number of options to be progressed for further appraisal.
Welsh Transport Planning and Appraisal Guidance is a transport appraisal tool applicable to transport projects, plans and programmes in Wales. The Welsh Government requires that major transport initiatives seeking government funding are appraised with this guidance. The M4CEM Programme, as a strategy, plan or programme, has been appraisal at a strategy level. The primary aim of the appraisal at this strategy level is to filter and reduce the number of options to be progressed for further appraisal.
The consultation was at a strategy level and there were no detailed plans available. The black route element of the draft Plan (Preferred Strategy) mainly follows the corridor protected for planning purposes in 2006. This drawing is referred to as the TR111 Preferred Route – April 2006. The Welsh Government served a Statutory TR111 notice on 19th April 2006 (superseding the one issued on 1st April 1997) to the Chief Executives of Newport City and Monmouthshire County Councils which requires them to protect the route for planning purposes. This is now enacted under Article 19 of The Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012. Following receipt of the notice the Councils should refer any planning application affecting land within 67 metres of the protected route or its connecting roads to the Welsh Government. They were also required to show the protected route in their published Unitary Development Plans and now in their respective draft Local Development Plans. The protected route should also show up as part of the local authority search procedure.
Recognising the potential level of public interest in transport issues within the M4 Corridor around Newport, and the numbers of people potentially affected by the draft Plan, efforts were made to make as many people as possible across Wales aware of the opportunity to engage and comment on the draft Plan. Publicity was therefore aimed at a wide range of people.
The following approach was taken:
• The Minister wrote to all AMs and MPs in the South Wales area informing them when the Consultation started and where they could obtain further information;
• Emails were sent to all Local Authorities and Clerks of Community Councils in South Wales advising them of the Consultation;
• Over 1,500 individuals and organisations that have been involved in the M4 Corridor Enhancement Measures (M4 CEM) Programme, including statutory consultees, were informed of the consultation in writing or by email, at the start of the consultation period;
• Over 110,000 flyers were delivered to properties in and around Newport, extending to Caldicot in the east and Castleton in the west;
• To utilise existing public information distribution networks, adverts were placed in the Cardiff and South Wales Advertiser, Capital Times and the Marshfield Mail;
• Posters were displayed at motorway services along the M4 (Magor to Swansea) and at community venues within Newport; and
• Radio campaigns were undertaken in English and Welsh languages.