A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

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A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

Received 19 October 2018
From Roy Lawrenson

Representation

Plan HE551507 [redacted] relief road
Primary Concerns:
1. LOCATION
The entrance to the road will be 4 metres from our door and bedrooms. Heavy vehicular traffic will be entering and exiting directly under our bedroom windows during the early hours of the morning and late at night. The noise, light and diesel pollution from stationary vehicles as gates are opened and closed will be unacceptable and a HEALTH ISSUE for our family.
The entrance of the proposed road will be situated between two blind bends on a single track unclassified road. The exact PROPOSED LOCATION WAS DEEMED A SAFETY ISSUE by LOCAL PLANNERS when [redacted] applied for planning permission and a condition of planning was that ‘any vehicular entrance must be located 50 metres east’.
The proposedg site access area is currently a matter of grave concern with 3 head on collisions in the last two years on this specific spot. The County Councillor (Mike Lewis), the Parish Council and the Hamlet of Wales residents are currently in talks with SSDC Highways and Highways England about the risks and dangers to vehicle users, pedestrians and horse riders on this very lane.
The road would also require significant ancient hedging to be removed causing unnecessary environmental damage.
2. FLOODING
We live in the highest risk ZONE 3 flood flood area. The proposed road comes off a 70m elavation slope and faces directly onto Blackwell Lane which floods each year as a direct result of run-off water from the hill. Any impaction of soil heightens the displacement of water and causes greater risk to near by properties. At the proposed exit of the road the River Cam runs directly along Blackwell Lane causing aqua planing of vehicles and risk of them entering the river. (Photo evidence available).
When our house flooded in 2008 it came in from the road side breaching flood defences of over 70 cm, again as a direct result of run-off from the hill opposite. The environment agency confirmed in correspondence to the owner of [redacted] that the local flooding was as a direct result of heavy rain running off the hills.
A flood assessment report and a groundsure report for [redacted] confirms that there is significant risk of flood from the North with water running down the hill onto the road and into the house.
There are three key factors which heighten the risk of flooding to our house. The farmer has recently built a cow shed with a 50 x20 metre concrete base on the mid section of the hill causing hydro displacement, the A303 will be building directly on top of the hill and now a proposed access road would be built on the same ground. Each proposal viewed in isolation is significant in terms of hydro displacement but viewed together the risk is exponential.
3. NEED FOR ROAD EASEMENT
The farm access from Blackwell Lane up Traits Lane will remain open during the A303 development and is marginal in distance difference from the proposed easement road. The corner between Blackwell Lane and Traits Lane is tight but could easily be modified at a fraction of the cost. Any modification would still be on the owner’s land because he owns all of the aforementioned corner.
My understanding that the road would be temporary but I can not ascertain where the access will revert to.