Saturday, 21 October 2017

‘Plan for traffic from new houses’

TRAFFIC using the main road through Sonning Common should be controlled when new houses are built,

TRAFFIC using the main road through Sonning Common should be controlled when new houses are built, says a a parish councillor.

A field next to the Herb Farm on the B481 is earmarked for up to 60 homes in the Sonning Common neighbourhood development plan.

Councillor Colin Reynolds says the development will increase the traffic on an already busy road.

He said: “There are going to be those homes there, most with two or three cars, and most will be moving during peak times. That is going to mean an awful lot of coming and going.

“I would suggest a mini-roundabout as a traffic- calming measure.



“The problem with the B481 through Sonning Common is it goes 30mph, then 40mph, then 30mph again. It wouldn’t be such a problem if it was 30mph all the way through.

“We have got to do something for when those homes go in there and we need to start discussing and understanding the situation and working with the developer and highways.”

David Bartholomew, the village’s representative on Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, said any changes to the road layout would probably have to be paid for by the developers.

He said: “Once the application for the site comes into South Oxfordshire District Council they would consult with our officers who would see what would be needed.

“Sometimes funding from developers is required as a condition of planning permission.”



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