INTERESTED parties are being urged to attend a consultation session on the future of Bournemouth's Wessex Fields site.

In September BCP Council announced a major U-turn on the multi-million pound road scheme that would have involved a flyover being built across Bournemouth's Spur Road.

However, cabinet members did agree to build part of the road from the A338 up to the Wessex Fields development boundary line.

Public consultation sessions, lasting one-and-a-half hours, were set to take place throughout the day on November 19, but this date was postponed because of the general election.

Now the sessions are timetabled for Tuesday, January 7, at The Bridge.

A BCP Council spokesman said: "Please register to attend a session.

"At the event you will have the opportunity to contribute your ideas and help shape the future of the Wessex Fields development site. Any decision taken regarding the use of the site has also be postponed to ensure all ideas are considered."

The spokesman said any ideas put forward would need to be both financially viable and environmentally appropriate.

The original planning application for the site, which was approved by Bournemouth Borough Council's planning committee in January 2019, was for a link road to join Deansleigh Road behind Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The borough council's leader at the time, Cllr John Beesley, said the road would "unlock" the site for a new science and technology employment park.

However, after BCP Council came into being, the ruling Unity Alliance group ordered a review of the plans.

At that time Cllr Mark Howell, cabinet member for regeneration and culture, said: "The recommendation is not to proceed with the construction of the part of the road planned to be built on the Wessex Fields site as construction may compromise the emerging masterplan, or encourage through traffic before environmental mitigation features are introduced to reduce the amount of vehicle journeys in the surrounding area.

“We have made it clear that as a cabinet we want to see more emphasis on sustainable transport options and not just focus on increasing road-space for cars.”