The first public consultation on Banwell bypass is now underway, marking important progress for the long-awaited scheme.
North Somerset Council is seeking views on the favoured bypass route and additional proposals to reduce impacts of the road for Banwell and the surrounding environment.
Funded through Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund, the bypass will reduce congestion through the village of Banwell, improving air quality while also unlocking active travel opportunities to and from Weston-super-Mare and around the local area.
The bypass will also unlock land for future development, enabling new and affordable homes to be delivered (subject to the Local Plan).
Feedback from the consultation will further inform the bypass design and any smaller-scale transport interventions to be considered on the local road network – in addition to the informal engagement taking place with impacted communities, and the findings and data from surveys and technical investigations. Additional public consultation on the design will take place early in 2022 before submission of a planning application.
The consultation will run until Monday 16 August and can be accessed online (together with information about the planned scheme, drop-in public engagement sessions and project timelines).