Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Transport Q39. Are there any other transport issues or challenges that have been missed? How can they be addressed in the Local Plan? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 4417537//1
Respondent Local Access Forum [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 08 Jan 2019

The LAF understands the need to find more places to build, according to Government instructions, but at the same time would wish to reduce the impact of these new houses on the countryside and, where possible, improve the network of public rights of way. However, the increased vehicle traffic flowing on from the construction of these new homes, wherever they are built, will have a major impact on other, more vulnerable road users (walkers, cyclists, horse riders, the less able-bodied such as the elderly, disabled and those using mobility scooters etc.), whether they are using the roads for leisure or for commuting.  Lanes which would once have been quiet will now become much busier.  They will no longer be safe to walk, cycle or ride and this will have an impact on NSC's efforts elsewhere to encourage people into healthy, active lifestyles.

However, the LAF feels that by adopting the proposals we make, NSC will be able to avoid these adverse effects, as well as achieving a much improved network of public rights of way for little or no additional expense to what is already planned, at the same time as helping with encouraging healthy lifestyles and tourism.   In the following submission, we have used NSC's own main headings.

Understand need for new homes, but need to reduce impact on countryside and where possible improve public right of way.