Bypass to A370 a ‘non-starter’ due to huge costs

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 September 2017

Yatton High Street cannot be widened and there are concerns that permitting more housing will exacerbate congestion in the village.

Yatton High Street cannot be widened and there are concerns that permitting more housing will exacerbate congestion in the village.

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A Yatton bypass would be ‘extremely damaging’, according to one of the contributors to the village’s neighbourhood plan.

Cllr Chris Jackson told fellow parish councillors a road around the village was not financially viable without accepting thousands of new homes – something the plan’s committee felt would ‘destroy’ Yatton.

Yatton Parish Council voted to approve the draft plan on Monday, with one key element being the village’s determination not to allow large-scale developments outside the settlement boundary.

That means it will not support the idea of 100-110 homes at Rectory Farm and proposes a strategic gap of undeveloped countryside between the village and both Kingston Seymour and Kenn to preserve the areas.

The plan will need to be reviewed by North Somerset Council, an inspector and subject to public consultation before it is adopted, but it would help shape development policy.

Yatton faces an influx of housing with more than 500 already having permission at North End, while other areas are under review. The plan says sites, such as Titan Ladders’ former home in Mendip Road, would provide a better option for new homes than green fields.

The house-building, and inevitable increase in population, has prompted concerns over a lack of education and health facilities in the village, plus fears over the number of vehicles using the High Street.

However, neighbourhood plan co-ordinator Chris Jackson said there was no point contemplating a village bypass to the A370.

He said: “A bypass provokes mixed views – regardless, it would be very expensive. The cost of a bypass would be more houses, perhaps as many as 2,000 (to get sufficient contributions from developers to pay for a bypass).

“Where can we put 2,000 homes without destroying the place as somewhere to live and enjoy?

“I think a bypass is a non-starter. It isn’t affordable and would be extremely damaging.”

Yatton Parish Council also voted on Monday to oppose a 60-home scheme for Stowey Road.

It felt the development was too large outside the village boundary and contrary to North Somerset Council’s planning policies.

Taylor Wimpey has already once applied for 60 homes on the site and been refused permission by North Somerset. It is appealing that rejection.

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