Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q3. Do you agree with these or are there other challenges or issues which we have not included and how might the Local Plan address these? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21202113//1
Respondent FF [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 04 Dec 2018
Comment

I agree with the issues raised in the JSP for Nailsea & Backwell, however I would increase the emphasis on public transport, and question the feasibility of road development. I object to the consideration of local Green Belt amendments.

Point 4 & 2  - Even without significant housing and population growth; there is need for greater emphasis on increased public transport & safer cycling routes to relieve the local road network. As a daily commuter to Bristol, I have been let down by the unreliable bus services on so many occasions that I now have to rely on driving, as I have no other safe options that allow me to meet my childcare commitments after work.

The B3130 & B3128 roads are already heavily congested and therefore unsuited to the additional levels of road traffic that the JSP is proposing, without radical improvements in sustainable transport. Road improvements will only achieve so much, and greater focus needs to be on offering new or improvement services leveraging the bus routes and N&B Train Station. Additionally, greater off-road development for cyclists (such as extending the Festival way into Backwell, Wraxall and beyond) and encouraging their use would free up the dangerous roads from drivers and cyclists.

I object to the the consideration of local Green Belt amendments. This land has been strategically allocated to serve a purpose and it would be contradictory to reallocate this elsewhere to meet development needs. Other sites must be found.

 

Summary
I agree with the issues raised in the JSP for Nailsea & Backwell, however I would increase the emphasis on public transport, and question the feasibility of proposed road development.

I object to the consideration of local Green Belt amendments.
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