Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Safeguarded Park and Ride Site, A370 Weston-super-Mare

Background

The Weston Villages Supplementary Planning Document (2012) included a requirement and site location for a new Park and Ride facility located to the north of the former airfield. The requirement remains for this facility but its detailed design and specification has not yet been prepared.  It is considered important to allow some flexibility to effectively determine the appropriate access and egress from the site, where appropriate being integrated with the access and movement routes associated with the adjacent land uses including the potential food and drink business uses.

The development of this facility will contribute to a parking and movement strategy for the entire town and is likely to offer additional benefits to the functioning and attractiveness of the business areas at Weston Villages.

Landscape mitigation is likely to be a key requirement when developing the facility to ensure it is attractively designed and complimentary to the surrounding business park site. There may also be ecological aspects that may need to be addressed including the requirement to provide any mitigation for bat species that are known to be active in the wider area.

POLICY SA 13: Safeguarded Park and Ride Site, A370 Weston-super-Mare 

Land is allocated for a Park and Ride facility in Weston-super-Mare including space for future expansion of car parking. The facility should be sufficient to provide space for 500 car parking spaces and a suitable visitor waiting facility and a further potential expansion of 300 additional spaces, and should be easily accessible from the Strategic Road Network. There is an expectation that overnight parking for HGVs would be provided. Suitable access and egress arrangements for buses would be required.

The facility should be appropriately screened with vegetation with a landscape plan to be agreed with the Council.