‘Hazardous’ plan for road to nursery and retirement complex criticised

The proposed development near Tescos in Clevedon. Picture: McCarthy and Stone

The proposed development near Tescos in Clevedon. Picture: McCarthy and Stone - Credit: McCarthy and Stone

Plans to build a nursery and retirement complex in Clevedon have been criticised for potentially not being safe.

McCarthy & Stone wants to build a retirement development, off Kenn Road, a playground and a nursery near Tesco.

However, North Somerset Council's highways department has called for changes to be made to the scheme to help with the traffic flow on the busy road.

Its report says 'is not possible to confirm that the junction will operate safely' due to a lack of information from the applicant.

It adds: "Improvements to pavement widths are also required.

"The applicant has submitted revised plans for the site which now include a lower number of retirement living units and a children's day nursery.

"This replaces the health medical centre with subsequent revisions to the overall parking provisions.

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"The applicant has proposed a development of 57 retirement apartments, this was previously 63 units, and to provide 45 parking spaces - previously 32 parking spaces - at the front. Highways is now content with parking provision for this element of the proposed development.

"(But we) are most concerned there are only five spaces allocated for parents to drop off children."

The planning application, which was submitted last year, has been met with 104 letters of objection and 10 supporting.

Clevedon's Civic Society urged the council to refuse the proposed plans for the access road.

The letter states: "The proposed arrangement is much more of a traffic hazard than use of the existing access, a fact that is reinforced by the unprecedented objection to this application by highways department.

"The prospect of parking in Kenn Road by parents dropping off and picking up their children at rush hour is obviously very hazardous, and would unnecessarily expose children to high levels of pollution on a daily basis."

One comment from a resident from Old Church Road, said: "I object to these new plans because they have made no relevant changes that help with the congestion and pollution in the area of the planned development, how many residential homes and nurseries do we need in Clevedon?

"The proposed new road will be totally inefficient with up to 80 parents driving in and out at peak times plus deliveries to the residential home and the nursery."

A McCarthy & Stone spokesman said: "We believe this site is an ideal location to provide much-needed retirement accommodation in Clevedon, given it is within walking distance of shops and services."