More than 500 homes earmarked for greenbelt sparks gridlock concerns
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 May 2019
Hundreds of homes could be built near a park and ride site, which has raised concerns about 'major' road congestion and potential flood risks to a neighbouring village.
As many as 520 flats and houses could be built next to Long Ashton's Park and Ride, with plans for the development set to be submitted by the end of this year.
Ashton Gate Limited sent an environmental scoping opinion to North Somerset Council in April, which will determine if an environmental impact assessment is needed.
But issues have already been raised about the impact of potential increased traffic on roads in and around Long Ashton, including the A370 which links the village to North Somerset and Bristol.
A section of the site also lies in a high-risk flood zone and concerns about its possible access route has been voiced by Long Ashton Parish Council.
The greenbelt land could soon see flats and up to five-bedroom houses built on it, and there would also be provisions for car parking and off-road garages at the site.
Woodlands near the potential development include Ashton Vale Fields, Hanging Hill Wood and South Bank Meadow, where some are home to bats, badgers and barn owls.
A spokesman for Long Ashton Parish Council said: "The authority notes most of the site falls under the Bristol City Council area, however, its members already have concerns about access to the development.
"The council believes the entrance should be placed on the bus route access to Colliters Way, leading on to the A370, which is underused.
"Parish councillors believe vehicles exiting by the village park and ride will cause major congestion at the junction.
"Its members also note the area is prone to flooding, so if planning comes to fruition it will need a full flood assessment and mitigation plan."
A spokesman for Ashton Gate Limited said the development should not add vehicle congestion to the future site's surrounding roads, as most people who attend stadium events are directed to Portway Park and Ride instead.
They also said the company is working to elevate traffic in the area by encouraging people to use public transport leading into Bristol.