Redesign revealed for Keynsham's regeneration

Published on: 02 Oct 2012

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Redesign revealed for Keynsham's regeneration

Public  consultation is under way following the unveiling of revised plans for the regeneration of Keynsham's town centre.

Following a series of design workshops with the Keynsham Community Focus Group, changes to the proposals for the regeneration have been released by Bath & North East Somerset Council.

The redesigned regeneration plan

These were backed by Keynsham Town Council at a meeting on September 26 and will now be submitted to the local planning authority for consideration. 

It is anticipated that the Development Control Committee will reconsider the planning application on at their meeting on October 24.

Councillor Gill Hellier, Chair of Keynsham Town Council, said: “Keynsham Town Council unanimously approved  the design changes to the Keynsham Regeneration Project and can formally recommend these on behalf of the town to the Development Control Committee.  We are keen to see the scheme move forward now and hope that the project can progress without delay.”

Councillor David Bellotti (Lib-Dem, Lyncombe), Cabinet Member for Community Resources, said, “The backing of Keynsham Town Council is very welcome and I’m pleased they have taken on board the ideas of the Community Focus Group.

“Bath & North East Somerset Council has worked hard to change the proposals of the regeneration to create a scheme which addresses the comments by the planning committee. The end result is a design which supports our goal of a vastly improved town centre. These proposals will kick-start the Keynsham economy, creating new jobs and new opportunities for local people. The project represents one part of the overall plans for Keynsham which include the redevelopment of Somerdale and the Riverside building that the Council will vacate.”

The proposals are available for everyone to see at the town council office window in Keynsham and are available online at www.bathnes.gov.uk/
keynshamregen. Public consultation on the revised planning application begins the week commencing October 1.

- Changes to the roof design to remove the mono-pitch roof and replace with a split pitched roof;

- Bath Hill elevation to be reduced by four metres.

- Area of brass facing Bath Hill to be reduced by 45 per cent and gold detailing removed.

- Blue Lias stone wall to incorporate a contrasting stone to mimic the banding design of St John’s Church.

- Height of the Library/One Stop Shop building to be reduced by half a metre with less overhang of the structure over the pavement;

- Area of gold cladding on the Library/One Stop Shop building facing Temple Street to be reduced to incorporate a contrasting panel.

The revised drawings can be viewed at www.bathnes.gov.uk/keynshamregen.

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