Plans submitted for Forder Valley Link Road

Forder Valley Link Road from above, with Novorossiysk Road to the left and Forder Valley Road in the background and to the right.

Plans for a brand new link road connecting William Prance Road in Derriford with the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road have been submitted.

The proposed scheme will create an additional route from the east of the city to the north, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout and A386 Tavistock Road.

This will not only reduce journey times and improve traffic flow between the A38 and Derriford but also provide essential infrastructure needed to unlock growth in the north of the city.

It will make it easier to get to key destinations such as Derriford Hospital, the University of St Mark and St John and Plymouth Science Park, improve bus service reliability and provide safer walking and cycling routes.

A new area of recreational land will be provided as part of the scheme, along with an extension to the nearby Local Nature Reserve and links from the new road to paths within the planned Derriford Community Park, connecting local residents and road users with the natural environment.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “The new Forder Valley Link Road will connect Forder Valley Road and Brest Road, creating an additional route between Derriford and the A38 and providing vital extra capacity on the road network.

“It will be key to unlocking growth in the north of the city, providing better access from the east, reducing pressure on Manadon roundabout and complementing other transport improvements in the area.”

The north of Plymouth is set grow significantly over the next 15 years, having been identified in the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan to deliver 4,300 new homes and a new district centre with shops, community and leisure and health facilities.

The Department for Transport has earmarked £22.56m towards the £37.9m scheme and Highways England has awarded £4.47m from its Growth and Housing Fund.

If the plans are approved construction is expected to get under way this autumn and take around two years. Most of the construction will take place off the existing highway, minimising disruption.

The planning application can be viewed on our planning pages – the reference is 18/00307/REM.