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.