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Longer to consider 77m road plan
Map showing Dorchester and Weymouth
The road is designed to reduce congestion on the A354 and A353
The opportunity for residents of a Dorset town to comment on plans for a 77m relief road scheme has been extended due to "technical errors".

The public consultation period on the Weymouth plans was extended by three weeks - until 29 January.

Initial proposals for the new road, designed to ease congestion around the town, were revised in November to accommodate environmental concerns.

Councillors said a decision on the scheme would still be made next month.

If approved, work on the 3.75km (2.3m) stretch of single carriageway, designed to ease mounting congestion along the A354 from Weymouth to Dorchester and the A353, would begin later in the year, with completion in 2011.

'Second chance'

Miles Butler, of Dorset County Council, said: "There has been a technical problem with the way the application was originally submitted to the planning authority this autumn, so we will have to formally re-submit.

"But this is a very minor complication. The plan remains exactly the same, and everyone who has already contacted our planners to support or oppose it need not do so again - those views will be taken on board.

"However, anyone who has not yet made their representations will now have a second chance to do so."

Changes had been made to the road plans after the Natural England had raised issues over the effect of the road on the Ridgeway Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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