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.

Archant

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.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:00

Soldiers visited a Mead Vale school to thank pupils.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

A hedgehog badly injured by a garden strimmer last year has been released back into the wild.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

The bus service which connects Weston-super-Mare to Bristol Airport has celebrated its first year anniversary.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:26

Weston-super-Mare’s seafront was packed yesterday (Saturday) as locals and residents turned their eyes to the skies to admire pilots’ skills in aeroplanes and helicopters.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

Weston-super-Mare Pride has opened a shop and box office in preparation for the event next month.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:41

A man was rescued from waist-deep water in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Weston Air show returns today (Sunday) with another spectacular display on the seafront scheduled, including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The Royal Air Force (RAF) marked its 100th anniversary this year – and former serviceman Ken Delve has explored Weston-super-Mare’s links with the RAF.

Read more
Saturday, June 23, 2018

A bridge, which was unusable for some people, was not likely to be finished for seven years, it was reported 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1968.

Read more
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Aeroplanes of all shapes and sizes will soar over Weston-super-Mare this weekend for the return of the air festival, while you can also watch displays on the Beach Lawns for the Armed Forces Weekend. Here is the full schedule for everything you can enjoy and experience on Saturday and Sunday.

Read more
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Catch our weekly round-up of photos shared with the Mercury by our readers.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 15°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder