Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Document Section Site Allocations Plan March 2016 Schedule 1: Proposed large sites for residential development over 10 dwellings (Sites marked with a * are mixed use sites). Nailsea Land at North West Nailsea [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 8883873//2
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 26 Apr 2016

The proposed site at the Land North West of Nailsea is particularly unsuitable for development because of the fact that the fields proposed act as a retaining area for excess rainfall/tidal surges. For much of the year there is standing water in these fields and whilst they may not be in the flood plain as historically drawn up, they allow the water to seep away rather than drain onto the residential areas surrounding them. The addition of 450 closely packed houses will increase the run off and not only threaten the proposed development but the houses on Causeway view and Pound lane area. Thus increasing their insurance premiums and risk. With the high water table it could be a difficult task to provide adequate drainage.

Any access to the site along the causeway would be prohibitively expensive as the road has insecure foundations and is in constant need of maintenance. There would also be major traffic problems at peak periods leading onto the Clevedon road. It is already difficult to negotiate at school pick up and drop off times. There would also be increased traffic passing the three schools on Pound lane. In general development in Nailsea should be minimal because road access particularly for HGV,s is limited to narrow B roads, and at one end is through Backwell on a narrow road and restricted by the low railway bridge.


Before this site is considered there should be a full EIA and traffic survey by an  independent auditor.