Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Banwell Garden Village Q10. Do you have any comments on the proposed vision for Banwell? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 21243137//3
Respondent Ed Northcott [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 20 Dec 2018
Comment

In your “Critical issues raised through the consultation” section, you say that there is “some local support for the delivery of the Banwell Bypass but still concerns about the local traffic implications associated with, for example, a new M5 J21a and increased airport traffic.” You fail to mention the deep concern in neighbouring villages with the concept of a Banwell-only bypass, namely that if the bypass is only for the village of Banwell, then all the council will “succeed” in doing is to pass the traffic problems onto the surrounding villages. Sandford and Churchill especially will not be able to cope and will get clogged in a similar way to which Banwell does at present.

The answer is to stop talking about a Banwell Bypass and a Sandford/Churchill Bypass, as if the two are separate and could exist independently. Rather, you cannot logically have a Banwell Bypass without also bypassing Sandford and Churchill, therefore you should really start talking about a Banwell/Sandford/Churchill Bypass – treating it as a single entity rather than two separate bypasses.

Summary
The answer is to stop talking about a Banwell Bypass and a Sandford/Churchill Bypass, as if the two are separate and could exist independently. Rather, you cannot logically have a Banwell Bypass without also bypassing Sandford and Churchill, therefore you should really start talking about a Banwell/Sandford/Churchill Bypass – treating it as a single entity rather than two separate bypasses.
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