80 new homes in latest proposals for Keynsham's former green belt

Published on: 03 Jun 2017

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A developer is drawing up plans for 80 new homes on a piece of former green-belt land to the east of Keynsham – despite the fact it is “not for development at the present time”, according to the council’s core strategy blueprint for the town.

Taylor Wimpey showed residents its proposal for the site off Minsmere Road at a public exhibition on May 15 and asked for their views on the scheme.

The estate would be accessed via a new T-junction with Minsmere Road and 30 per cent of the  homes would be affordable.

The developer said initial research into traffic in the area indicated the development’s impact would be ”low” but a comprehensive assessment would be carried out.

The site borders Manor Road Community Woodland to one side, which would be unaffected by the plans, says the developer, while to the north lies land that is the subject of a planning application by Mactaggart and Mickel for 250 new homes, which has met strong opposition from residents.

But while the land off Minsmere Road was removed from the green belt and “safeguarded” for future building by Bath and North East Somerset Council in its core strategy in 2014, the document said it was not for development “at the present time”. The core strategy sets out sites for developments across B&NES to meet the need for homes and jobs until 2029.

The document adds: “Planning permission for development of the safeguarded land will be granted only when it is proposed for development following a review of the local plan.”

Taylor Wimpey says it is “currently working with the council to bring forward proposals for residential use on the site” and added that it hopes to submit a planning application in July.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “We held a public consultation event on Monday, May 15, to give local people the chance to ask questions and highlight any issues of concern relating to our proposed development off Minsmere Road, Keynsham. Following this consultation period, we will look at the comments received and then revise our plans before submitting a planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council.”

Information displayed at the public event can be viewed online at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/keynsham-minsmereroad

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