Is a Banwell bypass in return for 2,000 homes a fair trade?
PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 January 2018
Villagers have ‘reluctantly’ submitted to plans for almost 2,000 homes, provided a Banwell bypass is built first.
Banwell Parish Council has offered cagey support for the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which has been formed by councils in the West Country to build more than 100,000 homes and create transport infrastructure over the next 20 years.
The JSP includes proposals for a 1,900-home garden village on the edge of Banwell, plus a new road circumvents the village to relieve its much-maligned traffic issues which date back several decades.
The plan will soon be sent to the Government for review.
A parish council statement in response to the JSP said: “In principle the parish council does not support the identification of Banwell and Churchill as development locations when more sustainable locations are available.
“However, if the proposals for Banwell will secure the early provision of a bypass to alleviate its long-standing traffic problems, the parish council reluctantly concedes the garden village should be included in the final JSP.”
Many people took to social media to share their view.
Cathy Smith wrote: “So where are all these people going to work or go for medical attention? Our infrastructure is already at breaking point.
“And speaking as someone who commutes to Bristol every day, our roads can’t take much more either.”
Kelly Oxley-Reed commented: “The school is too small to accommodate an influx that large. The doctors surgery isn’t able to cope with demand as it is.
“Shouldn’t those things be considered first?”
Kim Hill Miller said: “Look at it like this, the houses will be built regardless. A bypass has been promised for years and not materialized, at least there is now some return for residents.”
Paula Bryant wrote: “A bypass is needed now and should have been granted years ago.
“And by the way lets just keeping adding houses onto villages and they will all eventually become one village in the end.”
Paul Blackman commented: “There are all these homeless people about and people are worried about their village growing. How very first-world.”