Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document North Somerset Issues Q3. Do you agree with these or are there other challenges or issues which we have not included and how might the Local Plan address these? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 928193//6
Respondent British Horse Society [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Jan 2019
Comment

Nailsea is a more difficult area for new build as it has no easily accessible A roads to help funnel away traffic. Talk of getting a new road link and motorway junction through to Clevedon seems unrealistic, simply on the basis of expense – it would be unjustifiable for such a small town.  Similarly, it is completely unrealistic to think that people would drive back towards Clevedon if their ultimate destination is Bristol.  Consequently, any new build here will result in a huge increase of traffic through Wraxall and up over the hill to Failand and Portbury, areas which are already suffering from high volume, fast traffic on small rural roads.  As a result, it seems more logical to the BHS not to build in Nailsea at all, but to put this particular new settlement much closer in towards Bristol, preferably inside the new ring road.  This would also mean that residents there would have far greater access to existing infrastructure – schools, doctors, public transport etc.  Failing that (by far the most sensible solution), any new build should be on the east, not west, side of the town where there is a greater possibility of building a link road towards the A370. 

The BHS's other comment would be, again, that the new walking/cycle paths automatically become multi-user and should be linked to the existing network in order to get the gain from increased usage and encouraging people into a more healthy lifestyle. There also needs to be a multi-user path linking Nailsea and Clevedon, and subsequently to the Strawberry Line.  This would benefit both leisure and commuter use.

Summary
Because of identifiable issues, best not to build in Nailsea at all, but to put this particular new settlement much closer in towards Bristol, preferably inside the new ring road.
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