Developer submits plan to build 80 homes next to community woodland

August 03 2018

A developer has submitted a bid to build 80 homes on a site to the east of Keynsham – bringing the total number of new-builds proposed for land off the A4 to 541.

The latest application has been made by Taylor Wimpey, which says the site bordering Minsmere Road and Manor Road Community Woodland is a “logical extension” to the town.

The outline plan for the 2.8-hectare site includes 80 homes likely to comprise two-, three- and four-bedroom properties, 30 per cent of which would be affordable, and which would be accessed by a new link road from Minsmere Road.

The site is next to what will become a 250-home estate with a primary school. The site has been granted outline permission and Crest Nicholson is currently waiting on the green light for its detailed plans before work can get under way. The developer has also submitted an application to build an additional 11 homes at the entrance to the site.

Next to this is an area of “safeguarded” land – land earmarked for future homes but which is not intended for development at present – which is nonetheless currently the subject of a planning application by Mactaggart and Mickel for 200 homes.

The site off Minsmere Road is also safeguarded for development at a future date but Taylor Wimpey says its proposals address a shortage of homes in Keynsham and development “should not be artificially delayed” to wait for infrastructure improvements such as the Avon Mill Lane to A4 link road and Bristol to Keynsham Metrobus route.

The plan has, however, been branded “premature” and sparked objections with some calling for a second access and exit point and others raising concerns about its impact on the neighbouring community woodland and wildlife, including bats, deer and birds.

In his objection, David Bodman writes to the council: “This parcel of land should not be built on; firstly it is too close to the Manor Road Community Woodland, which has a very diverse amount of birds and wildlife including owls, woodpeckers and buzzards to name a few, and there are also bats seen at dusk. This will be lost for ever.

“The amount of traffic that this will produce will be detrimental to Minsmere Road and down to Chandag Road, all of which have to then join the main Bath Road. Traffic from the proposed Teviot Road project is going to gridlock Bath Road in the mornings and this extra development of 80 ‘proposed’ [homes] will exacerbate the situation, so please do not build them.”

G Boulton adds that the area is “poorly served” by public transport and says: “With the hundreds of new homes already built and hundreds still to be built, this has highlighted the need for a review of the infrastructure that has been not been provided to support the extra burden on Keynsham.

“Already we see traffic queues at peak times, and finding somewhere to park in Keynsham is becoming difficult. The Minsmere development will add to this growing problem.”

The public can comment on the plans until August 6 – see  planning  reference18/02899/OUT at www.bathnes.gov.uk