Councillors criticise housing plans near ‘dangerous’ junction

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 October 2018

The Smallway and A370 junction in Congresbury has witnessed many accidents over the years. Photo by Jeremy Long.

The Smallway and A370 junction in Congresbury has witnessed many accidents over the years. Photo by Jeremy Long.

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

Councillors believe there are ‘major unresolved issues’ with plans to build more than 20 homes near a ‘dangerous’ junction.

Congresbury Parish Council has called for Freemantle Developments’ proposal for 21 houses off Smallway, near the A370, to be torn up.

Freemantle already has planning permission from North Somerset Council for 21 homes on an adjacent parcel of land, but the parish council holds pedestrian safety fears.

The Smallway junction was described as ‘the most dangerous in North Somerset’ by North Somerset councillor David Shopland at a planning meeting on October 10, which saw Mendip Vale Medical Practice’s application for a GP surgery opposite Cadbury Garden Centre refused due to safety concerns.

The parish council’s statement said: “There are major unresolved highways issues for pedestrians and motorists.

“North Somerset Council needs to assess road conditions and pedestrian access to Congresbury.”

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