THE Mayor of Beaconsfield has said a recent planning application for the first stage of a much longed for A355 relief road is a good thing for the town.

Inland Homes, who recently purchased former MOD site Wilton Park, have been working with Bucks County Council to ensure the foundations for a future relief road are set in place.

This follows the news that BCC have been awarded £9.3 million in government funding to deliver the second phase of the road, with work potentially starting in 2015/ 16.

Cllr Steve Jones, said: “I was pleasantly surprised to see this planning application go in.

“I think it is a good thing for the town for this to go forward, anything which leads to a relief road will benefit the town.

“Knowing that Bucks County Council has the £9.3 million for the second stage also shows that this is getting nearer to happening.”

Plans for the first phase of the relief road show it will deliver a single way carriageway road between the junction of Pyebush Roundabout and the northern boundary of the Wilton Park site at Minerva Way.

It will extend 120 metres northwards to the top of the hill to a roundabout, which will provide the primary access to the Wilton Park development.

It will then extend 170 metres north to a second roundabout, which will provide the secondary access to the Wilton Park development and a crossing for key east-west pedestrian and cycle movements.

Bucks County Council will submit a separate planning application for Phase 2 and extend the road northwards to complete the relief road.