NORTH Somerset Council has secured additional government funding through Homes England for the Banwell bypass scheme.

Last month, the council reported that inflationary pressures and the rising price of energy and building materials were pushing up the delivery costs of the project. They agreed an additional £11.9m of funding at July’s Full Council meeting.

This has been boosted by agreement from Homes England to close the remaining funding gap.

The funding window will now be extended through to March 2026. 

Councillor Mike Bell, leader of North Somerset Council, said: “It’s superb news that Homes England have strengthened their ongoing support with further funding to help us build the Banwell bypass.

“Banwell bypass is set to cut congestion through Banwell whilst unlocking land for future development, providing the infrastructure needed to support growth in our area.

"It’s also set to deliver miles of new walking, cycling and horse-riding paths, as well as improvements to biodiversity and local habitats.

“We’re grateful for Homes England and Government support for the Banwell bypass. The additional funding helps us continue our hard work to build the scheme.”