Plans for 700-home Locking Parklands development move forward but concerns remain

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 January 2018

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A new 700-home development at Locking Parklands has moved a step closer after North Somerset councillors voted to approve outline plans.

The council wants to build hundreds of homes to the south of Locking Head Drove, next to the 1,450 Locking Parklands Development.

However the Parklands Village plans have come under fire from some councillors over the possible impact it could have on traffic and the ‘incredibly boring’ style of houses in the area.

Councillor John Crockford-Hawley said: “I have no belief we will solve the traffic problems there.

“If people know Winterstoke Road as it is, there is a constant backlog of traffic on there and this will exacerbate that.

“These are not villages; what we have here is an enormous housing estate.

“We are not creating any social housing or any proper council housing which we should be doing.

“The houses are incredibly boring, these places are utterly devoid of any character.”

Cllr Ann Harley added: “If we are looking at a bypass for Banwell this is going to take a long time to come to fruition, so in the meantime I am concerned there will be gridlock right back to Weston.

“I have been on the council for a long time and have seen along the line things change, and the impact will have an effect on Banwell.”

The plans also include 14,500sqm of office space, a retail unit and playing fields while the 2.2km north south spine road will run through the development and link the A370 to the A371.

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The road has been hit by delays and work at Parklands Village is unlikely to start until it is complete but Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, the authority’s executive member for both highways and housing, insists the ‘challenges’ can be overcome.

He said: “The indications are from existing residents that most people work in Bristol or Avonmouth.

“We already have mitigation to bring back two lanes to the northbound slip road.

“This is also arguably within walking distance of the train station.

“The standard of St Modwen developments is very good.

“Yes there are challenges but we are able to overcome them to a certain degree.”

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