Banwell Bypass and Highway Improvements Consultation

This consultation is now closed. You can read a report of the consultation (pdf, 5.6Mb).

The text from the consultation is has been left here for the record.

We would like your views on the favoured Banwell bypass route, and on any existing local issues that should be considered and additional proposals and enhancements to reduce impacts of the road for Banwell and the surrounding area.

Funded through Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund, the bypass is set to improve:

  • Traffic flows and longstanding congestion issues through Banwell
  • Traffic noise, air quality and environmental impacts in Banwell
  • Active travel opportunities around the local area

By improving routes around North Somerset, the bypass also stands to offer local people better access to jobs across the region, with a potential boost for the local economy.

The bypass will also unlock land across the region, which may be allocated as part of the local planning process so new and affordable homes can be built for growing families in the years to come.

In the attached documents, you can read background on the scheme, see possible routes and find out about the range of options to alleviate issues in Banwell that we have considered. Please let us now what you think by using the online questionnaire (now closed).

Consultation feedback, along with findings from surveys and technical investigations, will help to develop the bypass’ design.

The designs will then be put to an additional public consultation in early 2022 before planning submission.

Consultation report

Consultation report

Scheme Objectives

We will strive to meet our scheme objectives, which are to:

  • Improve the local road network to deal with existing congestion issues.
  • Improve and enhance Banwell’s public spaces by reducing traffic severance and improving the public realm.
  • Provide the opportunity to increase active and sustainable travel between local villages and Weston-super-Mare.
  • Deliver infrastructure that enables housing development (subject to Local Plan).
  • Ensure the development respects the local area and minimises visual impact upon the surrounding countryside and Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
  • Innovative and efficient in reducing and offsetting carbon from the design and construction of the infrastructure.
  • Ensure the development provides the opportunity to increase Bio-Diversity net Gain by at least 10%.
  • Proactively engage with stakeholders in a way that is both clear and transparent.


  • Opened
    5 Jul 2021 at 14:00
  • Closed
    17 Aug 2021 at 09:00


Organisational Information

Contact Name Katie Park
Job title Project Manager
Contact Email
Contact Telephone 01934 888 802

Project Information

Aim of this consultation The purpose of this non-statutory public consultation is to seek your views on the Banwell bypass. Your feedback, along with the findings from environmental surveys and technical investigations, will help us decide how we develop the bypass’ design and associated works to mitigate impacts resulting from the bypass. In early 2022, we are proposing that there will be further consultation where you can tell us what you think about the developing design of the bypass and its associated mitigations a
Close Date 17 Aug 2021 09:00
Consultation Topic
  • Business - jobs, new business or factories
  • Community - neighbourhoods, equalities, youth offending and registrar
  • Environment - building work, transport, trees and recycling
  • Leisure - sports, theatre, museum and tourism
  • Transport - construction and repair, travel or policy
  • Your council - councillors and committees, council tax or strategies
Context for this consultation Responses to this consultation will be analysed by our consultants as they progress the bypass’ design, taking into account the issues raised so that they can be considered alongside the technical investigations and survey work that will inform design. We will report back the consultation responses once a bypass route has been chosen.