A new by-pass for Saltford, on the !4 between Bristol and Bath, would be an environmental and social, disaster says local resident
MOST Saltford residents are unaware that the start of 2013 saw one of the most dramatic periods in Saltford's history.
A set of options for future house-building in B&NES prepared by B&NES officers included a bypass skirting Saltford tightly to the south plus 5,000 houses.
This option was put forward for consideration as part of a package that might satisfy the independent inspector examining the Draft Core Strategy that B&NES was planning for sufficient new housing in the period 2014-2029. An additional 5000 houses on the south side of Saltford would increase its size by almost four-fold.
The proposed by-pass would have started on the A4 near Grange Road and snaked in a large U-shape to the south of Montague Road, Manor Road, Haselbury Grove and Uplands Road. This option was rejected by B&NES Liberal Democrat Councillors among others and is not included in the papers for a full Council meeting on March 4. Any by-pass would come with the unacceptable risk of in-filling as the route would become the housing development boundary. With 5000 additional houses, Saltford becomes a town. This option would be an environmental and social disaster. There would be huge implications for schools, medical facilities and transport. A road skirting Saltford would also make a mockery of the defence of the Green belt. The local Parish Plan speaks of an aspiration for a by-pass but did not distinguish between a local and a strategic one, nor did it offer a route. People would not support a by-pass if the consequences were obviously detrimental. A local by-pass would mean the destruction of Saltford village. In 2002, I brought together an informal group of Saltford residents who shared my view on the risks and disadvantages of a local by-pass. Ten years on, I would like people to contact me once more.
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