Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Backwell Q20. Do you agree with the principles set out for Backwell and would you suggest any changes to these? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21230849//1
Respondent June 123 [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 09 Dec 2018
Comment

I live in Backwell Common and find your plans take no account if the feelings of the residents of Backwell .

To even contemplate destroying the beautiful valley that is Backwell Common goes against everything that is good about living in the countryside . The Common is used daily by  the residents of Backwell and Nailsea as a place of leisure whether that be walking, cycling , jogging , dog walking and to destroy that habitat by building a huge road through the valley is a disgraceful disregard of the local residents .

The fact that you (NSC) are spending a lot of money on this local plan before the JSP has even been considered this matter is DEEPLY troubling. Is it that you don't care what anyone thinks?

It's so unfair that NSC are putting residents under unnecessary stress before the JSP. It's not healthy to have this issue hanging over us.

For Backwell. A massive road, destruction of wildlife, noise, light pollution, a multistory carpark and destruction of a well used leisure facility! Come come now, is that right that people who have been living in a peaceful village now have to live in a transport hub

I would also like to point out that land itself is very low lying and to build on land with all the problems that come with a high water table with the huge costs involved seems completely mad .

I chose to live in Backwell to get away from all the very things you seem to want to bring here . If I wanted a metro bus I would move into a city not live out in the country .

You seem to actively want to destroy our beautiful valley and turn us into yet  another suburb of  Bristol.

It seems there is a perfectly good and more practical site in Ashton vale but your council seem not to be prepared to even consider this .

Below is a very short list of the issues.

  • 700 Houses on Grove Farm doubling our population. - Putting to many extra cars snd people in Backwell . Changing the nature of our village • Car Park Expansion at Nailsea & Backwell Train Station. - You cannot expand the railway tracks therefore the expansion of the station as a transport hub seems ridiculous • Park & Ride for Trains and Metrobus- the ones already in use are proving completely inadequate fir their purpose and in totally the wrong routes .
  • Backwell becoming a “Transport Hub” serving a much wider area - Backwell roads cannot take more traffic snd the idea of destroying the valley is abhorrent • A Link Road and Metro Bus (lite) Road linking the Nailsea SW development to Backwell and eventually going on to the M5 at Clevedon - we already have a bottleneck at Ashton Gate . The volume of would be much greater than estimated .
  • Road running next to Backwell Lake and out onto Station Road. Bringing traffic in from the Motorway and surrounding areas - station road is already unable to cope .
  • A New access Road from Chelvey Road to Grove Farm. Meaning all traffic from the 700 houses would emerge out on to the A370 at Backwell. - the 370 cannot cope with the increased traffic that 700 houses would bring nevermind the link roads .
  • New access roads at Rodney Road and Moor Lane on to Grove Farm - as above • New roads linking Nailsea. (depending on where Nailsea’s 3,200 new houses are allocated). - ad above • Noise • Light pollution • Stress and extinction of some of our local wildlife including bats, Kingfishers, Otters etc . Destroying the natural habitat of Backwell Common - taking away from the community a well used leisure route - used by both Backwell and Nailsea

I oppose thus plan in totality

A very concerned Backwell Resident.

Summary
I live in Backwell Common and find your plans take no account if the feelings of the residents of Backwell .

To even contemplate destroying the beautiful valley that is Backwell Common goes against everything that is good about living in the countryside. The Common is used daily by the residents of Backwell and Nailsea as a place of leisure whether that be walking, cycling, jogging, dog walking and to destroy that habitat by building a huge road through the valley is a disgrace.
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