Link road plans approved
PUBLISHED: 14:42 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:42 08 November 2013
A PLANNING application for a multi-million pound South Bristol Link Road has been met with approval from North Somerset councillors.
Yesterday (Thurs), the authority’s central and north area planning committees met to discuss the proposals with both giving the project the green light.
Estimated to cost £44.5million, the road will run from the A370 at Long Ashton to the A38 and Hengrove Park, with the hope of taking busy commuter traffic away from villages including Backwell and Barrow Gurney.
It is expected to take two years to complete with a target date of late 2016.
It has received the backing of Bristol Airport, which will pay £4.1million toward it, and Business West, which has described it as a ‘vital piece of missing infrastructure’ for business in Bristol, North Somerset and further afield.
However, Long Ashton Parish Council has been against the proposals from the outset and in a recent letter to North Somerset Council questioned how beneficial it would be for the area while reiterating concerns about the resulting loss of green belt land and the potential for increased traffic in the village.
At Thursday’s north area committee meeting, Cllr Bob Cook said: “Long Ashton people have had no say on this.
“The route goes right through the middle of green belt and is within spitting distance of listed buildings. I can’t imagine how it could be any more wrong.”
Other members also said they think the development would only benefit Bristol. However, others disagreed.
Cllr Chris Blades said: “It needs to be seen to be done to attract new business. That will spin off into North Somerset.”
Cllr Carl Francis-Pester said: “This further demonstrates North Somerset is open for business and that companies should be looking to come here.”
Bristol City Council is set to consider the planning application on November 27.
If this authority gives approval, the next steps will include fulfilling a number of planning obligations and finalising details such as landscaping and going out to tender for a contractor before construction can start.
The Government will give £27.6million to the project, North Somerset Council will give £17million and the rest will come from third parties.
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