Councillors have voted in favour of plans for a southern quadrant link road for Grantham this afternoon.
The plans include a 3km long single carriageway road linking the B1174 Spittlegate Level and A52 at Somerby Hill.
Thirteen members of the Development Control Committee at South Kesteven District Council voted in favour of the plans, two abstained and one voted against.
Before the vote, committee chairman Martin Wilkins said: “There are environmental and ecological issues, but I think these have been addressed very well, but equally there are environmental issues for Grantham if this relief road is not put in place.”
Coun Charmaine Morgan said she felt certain issues had not been dealt with satisfactorily. She said the relief road would not deter traffic travelling down Somerby Hill or turning right off the relief road on to Spittlegate level and then on to Gorse Lane to go north of the town. She said this would not alleviate already high levels of nitrogen dioxide on routes into town.