Home
BeInvolved

Bleadon Acting

Together (BAT)

Brownfield
Current Applications
Development Table
Elsewhere
Environmental
Food Security
Fracking
General
Housing £
Incentives £
Infill Status
Issues
Mapping
Neighbourhood Plans
News Articles
Objections
Parish Plan
Planning Info
Representation
Rule 6 - Appeals
Support Services
Sustainability
Why BOB?


 Also like us on...

 Bleadon


and Twitter

 

 

A370 Road Traffic Information

 

 

Sadly there has been yet another serious road traffic accident on the A370 Bleadon. 

 

Although very little has been published on BPC's Bridge Road/A370 Project to date in May BPC stated they will be sending out some information, requesting residents' suggestions and holding a meeting in August re: Road Safety Proposals:

 

FYI, BOB has summarised some background information from large scale developments in Bleadon since 2014 including some S106 information from: 

Also some BPC minutes:

  • May 2018 (Min 309.19) - re: Bridge Rd Junction " It would be possible to include it later on in this financial year if fully funded from non-NSC budgets.  Otherwise it will be put on the programming list for 2019/2020." Also comment on Traffic Lights, one-way system, S106
  • Feb 2018 (Min 305.12) -  "The Chairman read a report from Councillor Dobson ... The early estimate of cost is over £21,000.  Mr Bailey explained that NSC funds are restricted and a contribution form Bleadon PC and Marshalls would help to raise the priority of the scheme  ...  An overall 50% contribution would give the scheme a good chance."
  • Oct 2016 Min 288.4) - re: A370, Traffic Lights Speed Limit, Bridge Rd Junction

It seems that although road improvements have been agreed with the Wake Park and Quarry developments these will not happen until they start to be built. Conversely, the £12 million Caravan Park development that has gone ahead has not been required to contribute to any road traffic improvements? Does this mean that Bleadon residents will be expected to pay the tens of thousands of pounds to create them instead, and when those developments do happen then their section 106 obligation will be spent elsewhere in North Somerset?

 

Whatever improvements NSC may or may not take we can only hope that drivers take much more care when driving and police enforce traffic laws. 

 

---

 

BACKGROUND

 

 

WAKE PARK APPLICATION FOR S106 MODIFICATION 17/P/0302/MOD:

 

Wake Park S106 Agreement, 11 Jan 18 " to alter the trigger date for payment of the highway contribution to the date the development is open to the public"

"3.8 "Highways Contribution" means the sum of £26,000 to be used towards the cost to the Council of carrying out the following improvements and measures: road safety improvements to the junction of Accommodation Road and the A370 (£10,000); footway improvements along Accommodation Road (£15,000); and speed reduction measures comprising new 'SLOW' sign and yellow bar road markings on Accommodation Road at the bend prior to the Application Site entrance (£1,000)." 

BPC Comment on S106 Modification, 14 Mar 17:  

"General Observation Comment: Bleadon Parish Council does not to support or oppose this modification, however the Parish Councillors wished it to be noted that they have been told that traffic lights are to be installed at this dangerous junction, funded solely by this s106 money. These lights are urgently required." 

 

GREENFIELD EXTENSION OF PURN HOLIDAY VILLAGE 40 NEW UNITS, £12 million project, 17/P/1502/F:

 

NSC Delegated Report, 20 Oct 17:   

"Transport and Parking:
 
The applicants Transport Statement (TS) has used the TRICS database to determine the likely trip generation from the proposed development. This projects the proposal will generate an additional 138 daily vehicle movements over the course of a day (based on the original proposal for 90 caravans), with a maximum of 12 additional vehicle movements on to Bridgwater Road during its peak flow period.  Officers consider this to have been a realistic assessment and even at these levels (before the scheme was subsequently reduced to 40 caravans), it is not considered this increase will likely to lead to a perceptible increase in localised traffic.  
 
Some comments suggest the speed and volume of traffic on Bridgwater Road, particularly at the junction with Accommodation Road, makes this road unsafe and further turning movements.   Highway safety records show there while there has been 6 accidents within the past 5 years within a section of Bridgwater Road that includes the junction with Bridgwater Road and the access into the holiday park (which will also be used to access the extension site) none of these incidents occurred as a result of traffic movements to and from the holiday park.   Furthermore the visibility splays in each direction of the entrance point exceeds the requirements for a 50mph road.  On this basis there is no reason to conclude that the additional traffic movements to and from site would be harmful to road safety.  The access point itself, in terms of its width, barrier positions and the width of internal roads within the holiday park are acceptable. 

In terms of accessibility to non-car travel, a footpath runs along the southern side of Bridgwater Road fronting the site linking to a bus stop providing regular services to Weston-super-Mare.  In terms of return journeys or trips to the east, there is a bus stop on the opposite side of Bridgwater Road.  Crossing the busy A370 is not ideal, but there are two pedestrian refuges on Bridgewater Road within the immediate vicinity of the site, with one served by a dropped crossing arrangement.  This also provides an informal pedestrian crossing facility to the nearest local services in Bleadon village.  The site is also well connected to the National Cycle Network Route 33 and the Brean Down Way linking Weston-super-Mare with Brean Down which can be accessed off Wayacre Drove, approximately 850m to the west of the site via Accommodation Road.   The location of the site does therefore provide good opportunities to undertake some trips by more sustainable modes of transport. 

Local car parking standards are set out in the North Somerset Parking Standards SPD and outline the minimum required number of car parking spaces for holiday park development, specifying 1 space per pitch, 1 space per 10 pitches for visitors and 1 space per 2 staff. This amounts to a requirement to provide 40 spaces for the caravans, 4 spaces for visitors and 4 spaces for staff.  The layout plans shows that this provision is slightly exceeded.
 
There is no transport or parking objections to the application. "
 
BPC Comment on 40 new units Riverside Expansion, 12 July 17 , General Observation Comment:  
"Bleadon Parish Council has no objections to this application, however the Parish Council would like to request that the developer to be asked to contribute to the levy for the general improvement of traffic issues likely to be caused by the development particularly at the junction of the A370." 

NSC Delegated Report "Reasons for Over-riding comments from Bleadon Parish Council, 20 Oct 17:  

"The Parish Council say the developer should contribute to the general improvement of traffic issues likely to be caused by the development, particularly at the junction of the A370.   Some other comments also suggest the speed and volume of traffic on Bridgwater Road, particularly at the junction with Accommodation Road, makes this road unsafe and further turning movements.   Highway safety records show there while there has been 6 accidents within the past 5 years within a section of Bridgwater Road that includes the junction with Bridgwater Road and the access into the holiday park (which will also be used to access the extension site) none of these incidents occurred as a result of traffic movements to and from the holiday park.   Furthermore the visibility splays in each direction of the entrance point exceeds the requirements for a 50mph road.  On this basis there is no reason to conclude that the additional traffic movements to and from site would be harmful to road safety.  The access point itself, in terms of its width, barrier positions and the width of internal roads within the holiday park are acceptable."

 

BRIDGE ROAD QUARRY APPLICATION FOR 42 DWELLINGS (ORIGINALLY 25) 14/P/0687/O

 

NSC Planning Committee Extract, 07 Aug 14 (Please read full version):

"... It is proposed that the following traffic calming measures are introduced on Bridge Road:

1. Installing a series of humps/cushions/tables along bridge to support the introduction of a 20mph speed limit/zone
2. Rear parking facilities for the four existing properties on Bridge Road adjoining the main entrance.
3. Realignment and height restriction of the front boundary walls of the adjacent properties in order to maintain visibility lines
4. Provision of a TRO to provide parking restrictions within the visibility splay
5. Realignment of the front boundary walls of The Poplars & Magnolia Cottage will allow a new section of footpath to be provided on Bridge Road either side of the site.
6. Provision of an aesthetically designed road barrier (Improved links to the bus stops on the A370

 

These traffic calming measures are required in order to control speeds on Bridge Road to a level that will demonstrate the proposed access is acceptable in terms of highway safety. It is noted that the precise means of traffic calming will need to be carefully discussed prior to the reserved matters stage in order to protect the character of the village. These matters will be controlled and managed by the legal agreement and S278 of the Highway Act. The off-site highway works will be set out in the s106: see recommendation) 

"... In addition to the affordable housing, the financial contributions include:

 

Education (primary & secondary school places) £688,797

Education (transport) £81,000

On-site LAP £30,870

On-site Public Open Space £17, 250 (commuted sum)

Sport Provision £13, 440

Libraries £20, 563

Community (Coronation Hall) £27, 308

Footpath Improvement £2,300

Traffic Calming Measures + TRO £53,000

New bus stops and A370 crossing £48,000

Travel Plan & Sustainable Transport £6,800 " 

BPC extract, 12 Aug 14 BPC submit  Aug 14 meeting (Min P42.4) to NSC:  

"... The Parish Council has great concerns relating to the Bridge Road access to the development and is the view that further consideration needs addressed with regards to both ingress and egress.

 

It has been indicated in a letter by Mr David Tate of the 2nd of May indicates that substantial work will need to be carried out on Bridge road to avoid a conflict between cars and pedestrians all using this access way, The parish council is in favour of an upgrade to Bridge road which would include culverting the rhyne to enable the road to be widened, and a footpath/cycle path to be included for the full length of Bridge Road. There is also the issue of parking along Bridge Road, whilst some spaces for homes on Bridge road have been made available within the quarry site this would still leave a number of cars that have no option but to park on the road ..."

 

"... Any future and agreed Section 106 Payments should fully mitigate against the proposed planning development which will undoubtedly have an impact on both the infrastructure of the village and its residents for many years to come

 

With a development of this size Bleadon will need to upgrade and update its community buildings. Both halls are in need of renovation and indeed it might be easier to demolish and start again which would be at a considerable cost. All the community buildings are already running at full capacity and a large influx of new parishioners would only add to this burden."  

BPC extract, 02 Jun 14 BPC submit May 14 (Min P38.4) to NSC: 

"... The presented traffic survey does not fully understand the needs of the village. Any development within this area must improve the access along Bridge Road both for traffic movement pedestrians and cyclists. In this respect the Parish Council would wish to see the rhyne culverted and moved into the field in order for the road to be improved. Access at the junction of Bridge Road and the A370 needs improving …"

 

ACCOMMODATION ROAD OLD BOOT SALE SITE, 57 UNITS/CARAVANS 15/P/2304/F

 

NSC Planning Committee Report, 04 May 16:  

"In respect of general highway safety a number of safety improvements have been recently undertaken to improve the safety of the road junction between Accommodation Road and the A370.  However it is considered that the developer should be required to make a section 106 planning contribution towards the funding of further safety improvements to the junction.  Accordingly a contribution of £1,000 towards highway improvement schemes on Accommodation Road at the junction is required.  This requirement is incorporated in the recommendation"

 

"The impact on highway safety and the level of traffic on the local highway network can be managed by the use of conditions and by the developer making of a contribution towards further highway safety improvements to the junction between Accommodation Road and the A370, thus satisfying policies T/10 and DM24." 

BPC response to Old Boot Sale Site. 18 Nov 15: 

" General Observation Comment: The council request that the developer be asked to contribute to mitigating the traffic issues likely to be caused by the development particularly at the road junction"

 

VARIATION OF OLD BOOT SALE SITE ACCOMMODATION ROAD 16/P/2471/F

 

NSC Delegated Report, 05 Jan 17: 

"Parking and highway safety

 
On-site parking provision is adequate and complies with the standards set out in the North Somerset Parking Standards SPD.  The proposal is therefore in accordance with policies DM24, DM28 and DM38 of the Sites and Policies Plan (Part 1)."
 

BPC comment on variation, 16/P/2471/F, 17 Nov 16:  

"Support Proposal Comment: Bleadon Parish Council does not not to support the application as the vehicular access from Accommodation Road onto the A370 is already inadequate, and this would result in an increase in traffic at this dangerous junction." 

NSC Delegated Report on variation, 05 Jan 17:  

"Reason for Overriding Parish Council comments (if appropriate)  See report 
 
In recommending this application, I have taken into consideration the relevant policies of the Development Plan and the comments made by the consultees and other interested parties and the:
 
• Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006 
• Crime and Disorder Act 1998 
• Human Rights Act 1998."