First turf cut at Somerdale to mark start of 700-home development

Published on: 06 May 2014

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The first turf has been cut to mark the start of work on a development that will see 700 homes built on the site of the former Somerdale factory.

After completing the purchase, developer Taylor Wimpey has begun preparing the land for building work and invited council leader Paul Crossley to do the honours at the sod-cutting ceremony on April 28.

The plans for the housing estate, primary school, new Fry Club, sports pitches and more were approved in February.

Councillor Paul Crossley, leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said, “It is extremely positive for Keynsham that Taylor Wimpey is making a good start on the regeneration of the Somerdale site.

“This vibrant new location will provide an excellent range of homes and community facilities for local people, contributing towards the overall rejuvenation of the town which encompasses the council’s £34 million town centre improvements due to be completed by autumn 2014.”

As well as the new homes and school, the new community will have some small retail outlets, medical centre and a care home.

The rebuilt Fry Club will have function rooms, a skittle alley and sports bar, while Fry Club FC will receive a boost with a new FA-standard floodlit pitch as well as 13 full-size and two junior pitches, four cricket pitches and a nine-hole golf course. The bowling green and tennis courts will be retained.

There are also plans to open up the 220-acre with a riverside walk, a cycle/pedestrain bridge over the Avon and a wetland area. Around 120,000sq ft of employment space will also be created in some of the existing factory buildings.

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