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Local Plan Challenges Consultation.

As we earlier advised North Somerset Council are creating a new Local Plan.  The Local Plan will guide housing, jobs and business investment, transport, community facilities and supporting infrastructure in the area until 2038.

This first stage of Local Plan consultation focuses on the challenges NSC believe we face in North Somerset and the issues the plan needs to address. The online consultation will run until  Wednesday 2 September 2020 at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/newlocalplan

TRAG have reviewed the Challenges paper and will respond with the following comments. We urge you to also individually respond to give weight to the issues further development will have on Tickenham Village.

Response to Challenges consultation:

The TRAG is largely in agreement with the Challenges, Vision, Aims and Priorities. We all want to see development linked to the appropriate infrastructure and do not want to see isolated housing communities without the adequate support to promote a greener and more sustainable environment.

The document however does not make reference to current issues within the NSC jurisdiction that are impacting the lives of residents. The Local Plan should be seeking to address these prior to establishing new development areas.

  1. Traffic volumes on minor roads such as the B3130 through Tickenham continue to grow with increased commuting and goods vehicles. These roads have become unsafe for cycling, pedestrian use and provide serious access and pollution issues for Tickenham residents.
  2. The transport infrastructure to support Nailsea is currently inadequate both for public and commercial use – large HGVs are using the minor B roads and often create traffic jams when passing each other. Risks to pedestrians and cyclists of this traffic is considerable and is ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

Further growth in housing and business in Nailsea and the surrounding area will exacerbate these issues. Adequate transport infrastructure needs to be put in place to properly link Nailsea to the M5 (J20) and Bristol before further development – not via the B3130 and Tickenham Village.

NSC New Local Plan

Having withdrawn from the Joint Spatial Plan North Somerset Council are commencing with a new Local Plan.

The Local Plan, which will guide housing, business investment, transport and infrastructure until 2038, will take around three years to produce.

Undoubtedly there will be transport implications and the TRAG will be involved in the consultation.

We also encourage all TRAG subscribers to sign up for news and updates from NSC. You can do this by signing up to the NSC database – see the last paragraph ‘How to get involved’ on this NSC link.

https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/planning-building-control/planningpolicy/local-plan/new-local-plan/about-the-local-plan/

Outcome of North Somerset Council meeting

The TRAG attended the North Somerset Council meeting held on Tuesday 18th February.

Bruce Campbell spoke outlining the concerns that the TRAG had with the interim JLTP4.  This was based on the submission the TRAG made to the Council a week prior (you can view at: https://trag.org.uk/trag-submission-to-nsc-meeting-18-2).

Councillor James Tonkin (Executive Member for Planning & Transport) and Lucy Shomali (Director of Development and Environment) put forward proposed changes to the interim JLTP4 in order to address the concerns raised by TRAG and other action groups. These were:

  • References to new road links removed and major schemes map updated to reflect this
  • References to connections to M5 J19 & 20 amended to refer to Clevedon-Nailsea-Bristol transport corridor improvements
  • Text amended to acknowledge the need to do further work on any requirements for improved transport connections along key corridors

This means that the planned link roads to Tickenham from Nailsea and Clevedon will be removed from the interim JLTP4. There will also be further work done on the strategic Clevedon, Nailsea and Bristol traffic routes. This is what TRAG wanted and we are very pleased to see this outcome.

The Council voted to accept the interim JLTP4 with the above amendments to be made by the Planning Director ahead of being submitted to the West of England Joint Committee on 20/3 for final approval and adoption of the interim JLTP4.

This outcome is the result of ongoing support from the residents of Tickenham. This covers the earlier JLTP4 surveys that a number of residents completed, the TRAG and Tickenham Parish submissions to the JSP/JLTP consultation, press articles and engagement of Councillors and our MP.  

The next step for TRAG will be to make contact with the Planning Director to request involvement in any further work on traffic routes that may impact Tickenham.  We need to continue to be aware of any further developments and be prepared to contribute at an early stage.

If you would like to see the Council meeting in full you can view the meeting on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IrpN3Iydfs

Joint Local Transport Plan 4 – Adoption as interim JLTP

North Somerset council are proposing the adoption of a revised JLTP4 as an interim Transport Plan in conjunction Bath & North East, Bristol, Gloucester South and North Somerset councils.

The proposal was put to the North Somerset Executive committee yesterday 5/2 and received approval for debate and review at the Full Council meeting to be held on 18/2. Should the Full Council approve the JLTP4 it will then be put to the WofE Joint Committee on 20/3.

The TRAG Steering Group attended the Executive Committee meeting to understand the proposal. It is the intention of the TRAG to input our concerns of any plans to increase traffic volumes through Tickenham Village at the Full Council meeting on 18/2.  

You can view the revised JLTP4 at the Travelwest website: https://travelwest.info/projects/joint-local-transport-plan

Although there are some good initiatives to support the Climate Emergency, Public transport and multi-modal transport it is disappointing to see that the link roads from Nailsea and Clevedon to the B3130 are still in the plan

Our initial thoughts and concerns are:

  1. The JLTP4 is based on projected demand from the JSP (which is now defunct)
  2. Traffic analysis/impact was based on the Strategic Development Areas (as part of the JSP) and did not consider existing traffic volumes
  3. Any additional traffic volume through the village will exacerbate safety and environmental concerns

Over the coming days we will review the documentation carefully and prepare our input to the Full Council meeting. If you have any observations that you would like us to include then please get in touch with a TRAG Steering Group member or email info@trag.org.uk  

Detailed response from Inspectors

The JSP Inspectors have now provided their response to the JSP plans. Basically they are asking for the JSP to be re-started from a sound strategic basis in which Strategic Development Locations can be selected along with the Transport implications. The 4 Councils that make up the Joint Plan are now considering their reply.

Once the Councils reply TRAG will consider the next steps to continue putting our case forward for traffic impacts to Tickenham.

Here is the response from the Inspectors: