Final touches being put to Somerdale plans

Published on: 08 Mar 2013

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Aerial artist's impression

Final touches being put to Somerdale plans

Residents got  another chance to have their say on Somerdale’s future before proposals are formally submitted this month.

Developer Taylor Wimpey held an exhibition of the plans, which had been updated following feedback from the public display in the summer, and once more asked residents for their views. Artist's impression of proposed Fry Club

On show were artist’s impressions of an all-new Fry Club, complete with modern changing rooms, a larger sports bar and flexible rooms to allow the venue to host a range of events all over two storeys.  There were also aerial views of how the site could look, with the factory buildings becoming a “landmark” within the development, Block A housing apartments and Block B and C partially retained for employment use.

The developer hopes to build up to 700 homes on the site, in a “garden neighbourhood”, along with a care home, primary school, a local centre with medical, retail and leisure uses and premises for employment creating up to 1,000 jobs. The exhibition also looked at transport, with plans to “remodel” the existing junction providing access to the site, changes to access at Priory Road and Chandos Road to prevent commuter parking and an extended overflow car park for Keynsham Station.

Residents were asked to fill in comment forms at the event to give the developer feedback before formally submitting proposals to B&NES Council. 

One resident visiting the exhibition said: “It seems to have been tailored to what people were saying such as keeping the club and making it mixed use.  It’s good they are keeping these facilities for Keynsham and hopefully there will be some employment.”
To see information displayed at the exhibition, visit www.somerdaledevelopment.com.

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