for new caravan park set for approval despite traffic concerns
to build a new caravan park near a busy A38 road junction in Brent
Knoll look set to be approved next week despite Parish Council
concerns about traffic safety.
Fox and Goose pub in Brent Knoll wants to create a new 25-pitch
touring caravan site on land at the rear of the pub besides Harp
scheme is due to be considered by Sedgemoor District Council's
Development Committee on Tuesday (March 17th).
Knoll parish councillors have objected against the plans, quoting
traffic safety concerns following several accidents at the junction
in recent years.
Council clerk Owen Cullwick explained: "The Parish Council
objects to this application due to its proximity to the junction
with A38 and the level of increased caravan traffic near this
junction. We also have concerns about drainage on the site."
Somerset County Highways Authority has not objected to the plans.
Trajan said: "The site lies along Harp Road, a classified
un-numbered road, that is subject to the national speed limit
(60mph) at this point."
reviewing the recorded Personal Injury accidents within the vicinity
of the site there appear to be none within the last five years
near the existing access, although there appear to be a number
at the Harp Road / A38 junction."
proposal is to utilise the existing access off Harp Rd into the
Public House car park. The
existing access appears to be of an acceptable standard and the
additional traffic generated by the caravans will have little
impact on the local highway network."
District Council's case officer Liam Evans has recommended the
scheme be approved by district councillors when they meet to consider
the plan on Tuesday.
explained: "The proposed change of use to a caravan site
will diversify and enhance the viability of the existing rurally
based business, will contribute to tourism development in the
district, and will be in an appropriate location that is well
served by the existing highway network."
proposal will have a minimal impact on the character and appearance
of the surrounding countryside, will not be isolated within its
context and is considered to be safe from flood risk. The proposal
complies with policies in the Sedgemoor District Core Strategy.
Accordingly, notwithstanding the Parish Councils highways
concerns, on balance, approval is recommended."