Fears raised by parish leaders about extra traffic from Thornbury housing sites on their roads

July 28 2017

PARISH leaders in Falfield have raised concerns about the knock-on effects of continuing house building in Thornbury on their roads.

PARISH leaders in Falfield have raised concerns about the knock-on effects of continuing house building in Thornbury on their roads.

They have formally objected to the latest plan for up to 370 houses on farmland south of Gloucester Road - the B4061 that passes into Falfield parish at its eastern end.

In its submission to South Gloucestershire planners, Falfield Parish Council said it was “disappointed” not to have been formally notified about the outline application by Bovis Homes as it affected the road network going though its parish.

It said traffic numbers using the B4061 to the A38 were increasing year on year, partly due to the demands of new developments being built in the north of Thornbury and partly because of increasing traffic congestion at the traffic lights at Grovesend and Alveston.

That level was set to increase further due to the approved housing commitments in Thornbury yet to be built, it said.

The council said: “The B4061 Gloucester Road is a popular commuter route towards the A38 and M5 junction 14 for those already living in Thornbury and we cannot see why the future residents of this estate will behave any differently.

“We are concerned that the knock-on impacts on the Gloucester Road/A38 junction, the A38 signalled junction in Falfield village and the M5 junction 14, have been vastly underestimated.

“We note the application proposes that a speed limit reduction on Gloucester Road is extended by 60 metres and this is welcomed.

“However the impacts of the additional traffic loads caused by this development will extend far past this point. 

“The B4061 passes eastwards across the boundary into Falfield Parish, where a higher national speed limit of 60mph applies and the impact on our parishioners living further along the same road has been ignored.

“There is no mention of a junction capacity assessment being carried out by the applicant at the Gloucester Road/A38 junction, even though this junction will clearly be heavily affected by both construction traffic and development traffic. There is also no consideration of mitigation measures east of the site.”

The council said claims that an exercise to look at the effect of the proposal on junction 14 of the M5 was not considered necessary had caused it “great concern” as the junction was already operating at or close to capacity and it still remained the closest point to reach the motorway network from the application site.