Villagers oppose plans for 600 homes on greenbelt

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 February 2017

The land to the north of Nailsea.

The land to the north of Nailsea.


Villagers in Wraxall are concerned plans to build 600 homes to the north of Nailsea will have a ‘detrimental impact’ on rural roads.

Land Value Alliances (LVA) wants to build hundreds of houses on greenbelt land between Nailsea and Wraxall, but Wraxall and Failand Parish Council believes this will compound traffic issues on already congested roads.

Chairman David Robinson said: “We consider that the rural road network does not have the capacity, particularly during commuter times, to support growth away from the motorway or from the cities.

“The B3130, B3128 and Wraxall Hill are all very busy commuter routes linking to Bristol and the M5.”

The 25-hectare site has not been allocated for development in North Somerset Council’s site allocation plan, but the developer is hoping there will be a greenbelt review due to the huge demand for extra homes in the area.

North Somerset Council has previously said it will not build on greenbelt and the parish council has welcomed this decision.

Cllr Robinson said: “It is a sensitive landscape and we support North Somerset Council’s view that the expansion of Nailsea into it should be avoided.

“The greenbelt acts to safeguard the countryside from encroachment and to prevent the merger of Nailsea and Wraxall. The site is a visual open separation between urban areas and acts as a clear distinction between town and country.”

Mr Robinson also raised concerns of flood risks on part of land which is low lying.

He said: “LVA’s proposal is for development to extend to the edge of Land Yeo. Heavy rain causes the river to swell and for floodwater to settle on the land.

“With climate change accelerating, we can expect flood zones to increase in size. Development will increase run off into the river and increase flooding.”

The council has received a number of comments from concerned villages and has forwarded them to North Somerset Council.

LVA hopes to apply for planning permission soon – with two hectares of the site earmarked for employment.

The West of England Joint Spatial Plan has proposed an extra 3.600 homes for Nailsea and Backwell and the developer believes this would provide a sustainable option, as well as potential for a ‘much-needed northern bypass’ to reduce congestion.

The parish council believes a bypass would not help though.

Mr Robinson said: “If this was ‘much needed’, it would feature in the Joint Transport Study – it does not. It could well act as a conduit for more traffic to approach Bristol from the south and add to congestion on the A370 during peak commuting.”

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