Views wanted on Bristol Road 'master plan'

Bridgwater Mercury: Bristol Road boundary. Bristol Road boundary.

COMMUNITY groups, residents, landowners and carnival clubs are being asked to have their say on a master plan to regenerate part of Bridgwater.

A six-week consultation begins tomorrow (January 21) on a blueprint by Sedgemoor District Council for land to the east of the A38.

The blueprint includes land between the railway line and homes along Bristol Road, as well as the former cattle market site, playing pitches, Town Council and Carnival Clubs land and other private parcels of land. It runs right up to the Crypton site, bordering the Morrisons distribution site.

A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council said the land is hoped to be developed for a mix of uses, including houses, business, leisure, education and much improved facilities for Carnival Clubs.

The spokesman added: “Other significant issues such as access to the area need to be addressed and it is hoped that a comprehensive traffic solution will have other positive impacts for the town, in particular on the A38.

“The consultation will be with directly affected and interested landowners and other users such as the Allotment Society, residents on Bristol Road, Bath Road and Union Street, Carnival Committee and clubs, Somerset County Council, Environment Agency and more.

“Responses are also welcomed from members of the community.”

Plans by Exeter-based developer, The Housing Guild, for 200 homes to be created on the former Bridgwater Cattle Market site were granted planning permission in December.

The blueprint document, 'East of the A38, Bristol Road, Bridgwater' and a questionnaire can be viewed at www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/planningpolicy. The consultation will run from January 21 to March 4, 2014.

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10:01am Wed 22 Jan 14

awayswing says...

I read the planning document on line but there was no sign of the questionnaire.The planning document mentions a number of access points on Bristol Road and one on Bath Road to be used as an entrance only.If Bristol Road is to be used by all this extra traffic it is difficult to know how the traffic is going to flow properly without widening the road;this was suggested in Taunton Road but never happened.People living in Bristol Road will not thank any one for removing part, or all,of their front gardens,where this is possible.If you add in the lorries for the construction of HPC this all starts to look like a terrible mess.Blue Owl has started a petition on line and I suggest as many people as possible sign it.Whatever your feelings about Blue Owl he is definitely right on this issue.
I read the planning document on line but there was no sign of the questionnaire.The planning document mentions a number of access points on Bristol Road and one on Bath Road to be used as an entrance only.If Bristol Road is to be used by all this extra traffic it is difficult to know how the traffic is going to flow properly without widening the road;this was suggested in Taunton Road but never happened.People living in Bristol Road will not thank any one for removing part, or all,of their front gardens,where this is possible.If you add in the lorries for the construction of HPC this all starts to look like a terrible mess.Blue Owl has started a petition on line and I suggest as many people as possible sign it.Whatever your feelings about Blue Owl he is definitely right on this issue. awayswing

2:24am Thu 23 Jan 14

Three Pots Derek says...

When I moved here in the 1980's Bridgwater was a nice small market town with a few large employers. And a town centre with a good range of local shops. What went wrong AND is still going wrong now, the town has expanded beyond belief, and not all for the better. All it is now is conjested roads and this is before Hinkley C is started.
When I moved here in the 1980's Bridgwater was a nice small market town with a few large employers. And a town centre with a good range of local shops. What went wrong AND is still going wrong now, the town has expanded beyond belief, and not all for the better. All it is now is conjested roads and this is before Hinkley C is started. Three Pots Derek

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