Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Banwell Garden Village Q14. Are there any other options you would add for accommodating strategic growth within the Garden Village near Banwell? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21278401//2
Respondent Parish Councils Airport Association [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 02 Dec 2018
Comment

The PCAA’s only comment is that the housing in both the Banwell and Mendip Spring Garden Villages will lead to a considerable increase in traffic on the A38.  Most people will be commuting to and from Bristol.  This means that the commuters will have to travel past Bristol Airport.  There will be increased congestion on the A38 and gridlock at the South Bristol Link roundabout.  This will lead to commuters finding alternative routes on rural lanes and the A370.

The PCAA support a light rail to the airport or mass transit to the airport subject to the project being environmentally sustainable and not harmful to other residents along the route. Access to the light rail and mass transit should be available to commuters from elsewhere such as the Chew Valley. We question, however, how the mass transit and the light rail will avoid impacting the green belt and the timing of delivery.

Summary
Garden Villages will increase A38 traffic. Commuting to/from Bristol, passing Bristol Airport, will increase congestion on the A38 and gridlock South Bristol Link. Commuters will find alternatives on rural lanes and the A370. Support light rail or mass transit to the airport subject to environmental sustainability and no harm to residents on the route. Access to it should be available to commuters from, e.g. the Chew Valley. Question how it will avoid Green Belt impact, also timing of delivery.
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