'No thanks' to houses to fund bypass

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 January 2015

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THE parish council in Banwell will not support the idea of securing a major development for the village to fund a bypass.

The idea was first suggested by members of the public in the summer last year during a meeting discussing traffic issues and possible solutions.

But on Monday’s meeting the parish council decided it would not support the idea of trying to negotiate the new re-routing road through section 106 agreements, in exchange for a major housing development in the area.

Parish chairman Liz Shayler said: “We were told by North Somerset that the bypasss was very much on the back-burner.

“We were told the village would have to double, if not triple, in size before North Somerset would be able to afford a bypass.”

Vice chairman Angela Haden said: “The builders may give us part of a bypass for the section 106, but where would we get the rest of it?”

The parish council decided to vote on the principal of a housing development before, by coincidence, Gladman Developments Ltd put in a screening bid for 155 new homes in the village.

North Somerset district councillor Ann Harley said: “I can understand exactly where the concerns are coming from because it has concerned me.

“I understand developers must move forward but I’m concerned about the community.

“And the fact of the matter is, anybody can promise anything. What we want is quality of life and the only way is to defend our villages.

“We don’t have the sustainability.”

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