266-home plan for K2A site to be submitted this month

Published on: 02 Oct 2013

Plans for 266 homes at Keynsham's "K2A" site off Charlton Road will be submitted on October 18, says the developer behind the scheme.

Barratt Homes set out its final proposals to Keynsham Town Council on October 1, after getting feedback from residents who visited an exhibition on the scheme in the summer, nearby Castle Primary School  and from Bath and North East Somerset Council.

As part of the development, Holmoak play area would be revamped, a new roundabout would be installed at the entrance to the site on Charlton Road and there would be a new drainage system. Castle School would also also receive £1 million in Section 106 money towards its expansion, councillors heard.

There would be one-bedroom up to five-bedroom homes on site, with 93 of them - 35 per cent -classed as "affordable."

Holly Bryant, from Barratt, told the meeting that unlike the K2 site being developed by Taylor Wimpey, K2A would have a dedicated access so construction traffic would not need to pass through existing residential areas.

She also explained how the company had voluntarily joined  the Considerate Constructors' Scheme, undergoing on-site assessments for cleanliness, noise and dust levels, working hours and relationship with the existing community.

Holmoak play area would also see a £70,000 investment, with new equipment for a range of ages, landscaping, seating and a shelter for teenagers.

Responding to these plans, Keynsham's PC Lisa Hawtin said the force's crime prevention experts had asked that planting did not obscure views across the site  and added that the teenagers' shelter should be see-through.

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