A massive 675-home estate and a new primary school have been approved for construction at the western edge of Bridgwater. This is despite the current resident’s and councilors’ fears and concerns that the roads can’t accommodate the increase in traffic.
Residents have voiced out and said this project could cause “chaos” on one of the main roads. Two housing companies, Martin Grant Homes and Cavanna Homes South West Ltd put forward these plans to develop the home estate on the northside of A39 Quantock Road.
Another total of £4M is going to be provided by the developers in constructing a new primary school in the estate. This school plans to accommodate around 420 pupils.
Multiple ward members voiced out their concerns about increased traffic and potential serious flooding issues in the area. Despite this, the Sedgemoor District Council’s development committee still approved the plans. The two-hour-plus debate for the development plans was held on October 13, Tuesday.
The plans were approved with 10 votes for it and 5 votes against. Out of 675 homes, only 48 were considered affordable. This is due to the costs of a road junction that must be built. The concerns of the overall viability of the estate also contributed to reducing home affordability.
To improve the traffic situation of the site, a bus service was proposed by the developers. However, some of the councilors still voiced their concern about the availability of the service. This bus service may not be available for a few more years until all of the estate roads are finished.
To further cut down traffic problems, cycling is also planned to be highly encouraged in the area. The plans also took into consideration the needs of multiple cyclists and pedestrians.
The overall reception of this development plan outside the council has been quite negative. Many people have raised points about the plan not contributing to achieving zero carbon emission movements.