Council set to buy Keynsham woodland next to K2A site

Published on: 07 Nov 2014

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A Keynsham woodland is set to be purchased by Bath and North East Somerset Council to pave the way for hundreds of new homes on nearby land.

A wrangle over right-of-way at the site means officers are recommending the council buys Abbots Wood, off Parkhouse Lane in South Keynsham, from the Woodland Trust.

It means the authority could then sell the neighbouring land, known as K2A, for development – with Barratt Homes already hoping to build 266 homes on the plot.

Ward councillor Alan Hale said he welcomed the fact the woodland would be protected for community use but added that he and other councillors were pressing for road improvements to cope with increased traffic because of concerns of the impact the new development would have on local infrastructure.

He said: “It’s welcome news that the council’s proposed purchase of Abbots Wood includes a safeguard to protect it for community use, a protection which was originally established in the mid-1990s by way of a restrictive covenant to ensure its use was only as woodland and for the enjoyment of the public.

“However, Keynsham as a whole, and south Keynsham especially, is already having to cope with a significant amount of new development, and these plans will put more pressure onto our town’s roads and local infrastructure.

“The council needs to ensure that it seizes the opportunity to improve local road connections.  In particular I’ve long called for a road linking the current K2 Meadows development to Charlton Road to ease traffic on Park Road, but not to the detriment of Abbots Wood. 

“Also, if this further development is to take place there desperately needs to be improvements to road connections to the A37 to avoid all the extra traffic piling onto Charlton Road and the town centre.”

Barratt Homes revealed its plans for the K2A site earlier this year, including a new roundabout from Charlton Road and an upgrade for Holmoak Road play area.

Council leaders are set to make a decision on the officers’ recommendation to purchase the woods this month.

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