Context to Suggested Objection 10

 

The Climate Change Act (2008) introduced a legally binding target for the UK to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. The 2019 Target Amendment order increased this to 100%. Vehicle journeys make up 33% of Shropshire greenhouse gas emissions (2017 figures). Shropshire Council Policy SP3 ignores the 2019 Target Amendment.

 

Shropshire Council has no ‘fit for purpose’ Climate Change Strategy relating to the transport needs of proposed developments. As a result, unsustainable ‘car dependant’ sites such as Snatchfield continue to be proposed.

 

The ‘default’ option for future Snatchfield residents would be car use. As a reminder of some key points –

 

  • Snatchfield cannot be served directly by public transport.

 

  • The site is 1km to the Beaumont Rd Bus Stop, 1.1km to the GP Surgery, 1.2km to the main supermarket and 1.6km to Church Stretton’s schools. All these distances assume the Jack Mytton Way/The Bridleways is used as a walking route.

 

  • The public transport options are sub optimal and unlikely to be suitable for commuting to work for most residents.

 

  • Job options in Church Stretton itself are very limited, so being able to walk to work is highly unlikely.

 

Shropshire Council have commissioned two (desktop) studies of likely vehicle movements per household from the proposed development. A 2012 study suggested 6.77 vehicle movements per household per 12 hour period. A 2020 study suggested 5.86 vehicle movements per household per 12 hour period.

 

The Save Snatchfield Group are of the opinion that neither of these studies used suitable rural comparators to predict these figures. As such, the likely vehicle movements per household will be higher and the likely total movements for the Snatchfield site in excess of 600 per day (24 hour period).The Save Snatchfield Group have completed 4 (12 hour) Traffic Survey/Safety Observation exercises to establish current vehicle movement numbers and pedestrian safety issues. No similar studies have been undertaken by Shropshire Council.

 

From our studies (2 weekday, 2 weekend) we can confidently project that annualised vehicle and pedestrian/cyclist movements in the Clive Avenue Conflict Area are currently around 300,000 per annum. The split between vehicles and pedestrian/cyclists is 75/25. During our surveys we recorded 102 ‘safety concerns’ and ‘near misses’.

 

The Clive Avenue Conflict Area is a 200m, narrow, twisting, poor visibility, steep gradient stretch of road without pavements. It is already dangerous for pedestrians. Adding likely new vehicle movements of over 600 per day to an already unsafe route is unthinkable to local residents.

 

Ragleth Road has longstanding sinkhole and subsidence problems. The considerable volume of HGV construction traffic over the site development process can only exacerbate existing issues.

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