Homes set for Smallway junction?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 December 2016

The Smallway and A370 junction in Congresbury has witnessed many accidents over the years. Photo by Jeremy Long.

The Smallway and A370 junction in Congresbury has witnessed many accidents over the years. Photo by Jeremy Long.

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

A developer has revealed it wants to build almost two dozen homes off one of North Somerset’s busiest roads – despite the site being located only metres from a junction notorious for collisions.

Freemantle Developments has applied to North Somerset Council for outline planning permission to build 21 homes off the A370 in Congresbury.

Although access to the development would come from the A370 itself, the southern tip of the site straddles the junction of the A-road and Smallway – a crossing which has seen dozens of accidents take place in recent years.

In planning documents submitted to the council, Freemantle acknowledged consideration would need to be given to the site’s proximity to the A370 and the Smallway junction, but it also said the site was easily accessible and conveniently-located to all of the village’s key facilities.

The developer said: “The site is located directly next to Bristol Road (the A370) as a strategic route and busy main road, which needs to be taken into consideration.

“However, the site is in close proximity to local services and facilities, and frequently-served bus stops are nearby.

“Any residential development on the site would appear as an appropriate, natural extension to the village.”

Freemantle also said the site, which will include a mixture of on and off-street parking if it is built, would encourage people to drive at slow speeds and would be pedestrian-friendly due to its layout.

The developer also said the site could include 18 three-bedroom houses and three two-bedroom houses.

Freemantle said in its design and access statement: “The development will provide a mix of housing types and tenures that reflect local environments and housing needs.

“All streets will be designed in a way that encourages low vehicle speeds and allows them to function as social spaces.

“The streets will be pedestrian-friendly, and shared surfaces and raised tables will encourage cars to drive slower and more carefully.”

People will be able to comment on the proposals until January 17. Visit to have your say.

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