Councillor’s housing plan rejected over road safety concerns

PUBLISHED: 07:28 25 March 2019

Cabstand, where the new homes were proposed. Picture: Google Maps

Cabstand, where the new homes were proposed. Picture: Google Maps

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A councillor’s hope of building two homes in Portishead have been dashed.

Road safety concerns raised by Cllr Reyna Knight’s counterparts on North Somerset Council’s planning committee saw the housing scheme curtailed.

She wanted to demolish a garage and build two homes off Cabstand but the unusual access plan was a red flag to members.

Homeowners would have been asked to enter in Slade Road and exit onto Cabstand at the junction of Woodhill Road.

Insufficient visibility for drivers leaving their homes led to the refusal.

Cllr Tom Leimdorfer said the area is already a difficult one for motorists and pedestrians and feared the design may lead to accidents.

He said: “You’ve got to drive down a slope into a very busy, fast-moving road.

“You only need one person to come out there to cause an accident.”

Cllr Bob Garner said given the small number of cars likely to enter and exit the site, he did not see a problem with the scheme.

He also felt the homes would be an attractive proposition to people without a car as they could walk to Portishead High Street to work.

However, he was the only councillor to support the proposal which was rejected on March 13.

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