I have been unable to find out where this quotation
comes from- parish council response or planning department? Important:
There is a page on this website that provides a map with hot spots to link
to pages with photographs of each junction. These photographs provide
documentary evidence of the nature of the roads in the parish of
Freshford in 2005-2006: MAP
3.14 In addition to flood
risk Freshford Mill is subject to severe vehicular access difficulties.
The approach roads to the site are generally narrow (single carriageway
width) country lanes. In particular the approach from the west along
Rosemary Lane (providing the most direct and quickest route to the A36 and
the strategic road network) is, in places, only 2.4 metres wide and
subject to steep gradients. On all approach roads there are also a number
of blind bends and extremely limited opportunities for vehicles to pass.
There are no footways on these roads, nor over most of the route, any
verges which pedestrians might use to avoid passing traffic.
3.15 Mixed use redevelopment
of the site would lead to significant traffic generation on local narrow
country lanes that are not suited to accommodate such traffic flows. It is
difficult to be certain of the ‘directional split’ of traffic, however, it
is likely that the majority would use Rosemary Lane to the west of the
site as this represents the most direct route to the A36. Rosemary Lane is
subject to an absolute weight limit meaning that it is not suitable for
3.16 The nature of the local
road network and Rosemary Lane in particular is such that two vehicles
would not be able to pass each other. As a result of narrow road widths
and a lack of inter-visibility for vehicles between passing locations it
is very likely that vehicles will have to reverse significant distances in
order to pass each other.
3.17 In addition the road
width is such that, in places, there would be a significant risk to other
road users i.e. pedestrians and cyclists. Government guidance set out in
Design Bulletin 32 “Residential Roads and Footpaths: Layout
Considerations” (extract attached as Annex 3) suggests that 3 metres
should be regarded as the minimum width on a single track road system to
enable a car to pass a cyclist or pedestrian with care. Stretches of the
local road network are narrower than this (see para 3.14 above) and are as
narrow as 2.4 metres, which is inadequate to allow cars to pass
pedestrians and cyclists and even to allow some drivers to get in or out
of some vehicles in the event of a breakdown.
3.18 The likelihood of these
risks arising is increased by the car dependent nature of development due
to the unsustainable location of the site (see paragraphs 3.20 – 3.28
below). It should also be noted that Rosemary Lane regularly floods in the
vicinity of the site and therefore at such times will not be available for
use by traffic.
3.19 In assessing whether a
site should be designated as a MEDS there are parallels between Freshford
Mill and the Polysulphin Works in Keynsham. The combination of flood risk
and poor vehicular access were the main reasons why the Polysulphin Works
in Keynsham (ranked as the third most substantial in terms of building
mass) was not identified as a MEDS under policy GB.3.