Traffic fears mar 175-home plan
PUBLISHED: 19:00 02 October 2015
THE addition of 175 new homes in Winscombe will turn a village road into a ‘rat run’ for commuters and create traffic problems in the village, according to residents.
Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council planning committee voted unanimously to back a bid for outline planning permission at Woodborough Farm.
The committee, chaired by Archie Forbes, will now make its recommendations to North Somerset Council, which has set a target decision date of November 19.
After a meeting between residents and representatives of property consultants Bilfinger GVA to discuss the proposed 175-home development, people voiced grievances about the risk of residential road The Lynch.
They said the road could become clogged with construction traffic – such as diggers and bulldozers – and cars once work had been completed.
Councillors moved to allay those fears by demanding vehicles be diverted down Woodborough Road – where there would be traffic calming measures – but promised to relay worries about The Lynch to North Somerset.
But resident Ian Pitch, of nearby Church Road, commented: “The extra traffic generated by the development would exacerbate existing difficulties of local congestion and speeding.”
Angelia Milson, of Woodborough Road, added: “It won’t be long before an accident occurs, unfortunately likely to involve an elderly pedestrian trying to cross the road.”
The committee also ensured villagers will get priority when it comes to who occupies the homes.
Parish councillor Kevin Joyce said: “If detailed permission is approved, we as the parish council will do all we can to persuade any future developer to build as high a proportion of affordable housing on the site as possible, for the benefit of the local community.”
Other issues, such as the diversion of sewage and drainage into a containment pond, were discussed, with Cllr Forbes confirming Wessex Water had been consulted.