Backwell homes will add to busy road ‘mayhem’
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:53 05 April 2018
A parish council has backed plans for 65 homes to be built in the village, but concerns remain over a ‘dangerous’ road.
Developer Taylor Wimpey applied to North Somerset Council in 2015 for outline planning permission to build houses in Moor Lane, Backwell.
Permission was granted in December 2017, but the design, landscaping and appearance of the site needs to be approved before work can take place.
Taylor Wimpey submitted its follow-up application for the design in January, and Backwell Parish Council has signalled its support.
The Moor Lane proposals are in-keeping with the parish council’s £25,000 neighbourhood plan, which lays out a vision for house-building in the village.
The council said: “Unanimously Backwell Parish Council approves in principle with the development for 65 homes in Moor Lane, as it is in accordance with its neighbourhood plan.”
Although a number of comments support the application in principle, concerns over traffic and busy Station Road remain.
Campaigners have been calling for a crossing on the road for a number of years.
Although some road alterations have been promised, including dropped kerbs and new signs, campaigners believe a crossing is the only way to make it safe for students and residents.
Villager Alison Hull, commenting on the scheme on North Somerset Council’s planning website, said: “My objection to the new houses is the junction between Station Road and Moor Lane is already dangerous, particularly for pedestrians.
“I ask the planning officer to just stand and watch the mayhem when the youngsters are going to and from Backwell School, and the number of accidents and near misses caused by narrow pavements and heavy traffic.
“I can’t understand how you can consider putting more houses off Moor Lane until the Station Road/Moor Lane junction problem is resolved and made safe. If you add to the chaos, it is just a matter of time before someone is killed.”
If the application is approved, work is likely to start this year, and finish before the end of 2019.
The parish council says work access will avoid Station Road during school times.