The TRAG have drafted the response below to the draft Preferred Options Local Plan issued by North Somerset Council.
The consultation runs until April 29th. You can submit your own response (which we encourage) at: https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/planning-building-control/planning-policy/our-local-plan/local-plan-2038/draft-plan-2021
The key concerns of the TRAG are:
- The Local Plan does not address traffic growth over the 15 year period nor provide a strategic view of how traffic will be routed through key transport routes in North Somerset.
- The Local Plan does not address existing traffic issues in impacted villages and rural lanes/roads which will be subject to a 20% proportional increase in traffic through the increased number of homes alone.
- The Local Plan does not address the additional HGV and other commercial traffic on rural roads and villages that will be necessary to support the increased population size and improved/expanded town centres.
- The Local Plan does not address growth in traffic through the planned expansion of Bristol Airport.
- Without significant mitigations, Active Travel policies will decrease road capacity in the villages of North Somerset due to lack of adequate cycle and pedestrian paths.
The TRAG are calling for the following mitigations to improve the environment and road safety through Tickenham:
- Alternative route to Nailsea/Backwell for HGV and general vehicle traffic and weight limit for Tickenham through traffic
- Additional pedestrian crossings on Clevedon Road (B3130)
- Traffic calming measures to provide breaks in the traffic flow for resident access
- Pedestrian/cycle access between Tickenham, Nailsea and Clevedon
Please click on the link below to read the full response.