Parish council opposes industrial complex plans amid traffic survey doubts
PUBLISHED: 07:47 12 April 2019
A parish council has announced it will oppose revised plans for an industrial complex after concerns were raised that traffic assessments for the development are out of date.
Backwell Parish council voted to oppose revised plans which would see access to the Coles Quarry recycling plant rerouted onto Church Town, as well as create 15 new industrial units – increasing the size of the development by approximately 40 per cent.
At a meeting on Thursday, the parish resolved to oppose the scheme as they believe the initial traffic assessments relating to the development are now out of date
Vice chairman, Bob Taylor initially called for the plans to be backed with at least 26 conditions and a right to refusal if they were not met as it was ‘his understanding North Somerset are keen to have this approved.’
However, Backwell councillor Karen Barclay pushed for the parish to oppose the plans outright, and see its objections taken to North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee for consideration.
She said: “If you are not happy with the traffic assessment its better for you to object. No decision will be made until the end of May, and you would have time to conduct a new one beforehand.
But she warned: “Don’t forget North Somerset highways team is happy with the transport side of things.
“It will go to the committee with the officers approval.
Parish council chairman Peter Soothill added: “The original assessments were based on an 11 per cent increase in traffic but with these changes it is more like 40 per cent.
“We want the new traffic assessment to reflect the increase in footage.”
The parish voted 11 members to two to oppose the plans and seek to have a new traffic assessment conducted.
The plans were initially backed by Backwell Parish Council in 2014 and incorporated into the village’s neighbourhood plan.
Consultation on the plan runs until Sunday and have so far received 81 comments, including 79 objections from villagers who believe the new larger development will lead to increased traffic on both Church Lane, and Dark Lane, endangering children walking to school and will encroach on the greenbelt.