Company unveils plan for Keynsham Marina

Published on: 09 Sep 2013

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Plans to create a 306-berth marina next to Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park have been revealed to residents.

Proposals for Keynsham Marina have been drawn up by Next Phase Development for agricultural land next to the River Avon, and the company hopes to be able to submit a planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council by mid-October.

Besides the marina, the proposals include a tea room, chandlery, bathroom facilities, car park  and marina office.

Next Phase managing  director Christopher Whitehouse, who spent a day in Keynsham High Street talking to residents about the plans last month, said the site would be open to the public and there would be signs directing visitors to the town from the marina to connect the two. There would also be cycle paths and bike hire on-site.

He said: “The idea is that it creates a two-way connection between the people of the town and tourism – it would provide new leisure facilities for people to use and a new source of jobs and tourism spend to be spent in Keynsham. The  facility would point people towards Keynsham in and around the site and not elsewhere."

The berths at the marina would be for short-term leisure use and not residential, Mr Whitehouse said, and he estimates it could create around 15-20 new jobs.

Traffic lights would be proposed at the two points where the access road meets the railway line, at Broadmead Lane and Pixash Lane.

The plans were not revealed as part of the Broadmead Peninsula blueprint.

Anyone who would like more information on the plans or to share their views can email mail@nextphasedevelopment.co.uk.

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