700-home plan for Cadbury site in Keynsham nearly complete

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By The Bristol Post | Saturday, February 16, 2013, 05:00

THE finishing touches are being put to plans for a huge development on the site of Keynsham's historic Cadbury factory.

Building firm TaylorWimpey has been talking to residents about its plans for the site on the outskirts of the town.

And after holding several displays and exhibitions which were viewed by more than a thousands residents in the town the final plans are being put together for the site.

A detailed planning application is being drawn up and is likely to be lodged with Bath and North East Somerset Council as soon as next month.

As reported in The Post Taylor Wimpey signed a multi-million deal with Kraft just over 12 months ago to develop the Somerdale site and surrounding land.

The plans will include the relocation of the Fry Club, a new school, 700 houses and new riverside walks and paths connecting the site with the rest of Keynsham.

There are also plans for a new care home, cafe and small business park.

The factory sale has been surrounded with controversy as Kraft pledged to keep open its factory only to renege on its promise weeks after its £11.5 billion takeover of Cadbury.

Chocolate production ceased at the factory two years ago and the work was moved to Poland.

Taylor Wimpey has been working on the plans for more than a year and has been keen to involve the local community as much as possible.

The company has already held two workshops and a public exhibition and more are planned for the coming weeks.

The firm's project director Adrian Slade said: "Feedback from the workshops and the exhibition provided us with a clear insight into people's concerns and aspirations.

"The latest plans we have produced are the culmination of a great deal of time and investment by ourselves and most importantly, the local community."

Work has already started on demolishing the factory.

According to the building firm the scheme could create as many as a thousand new jobs in the area.

Access to the site will be improved by creating a new road layout and signal-controlled junction at the entrance.

The latest plans for the 700 new homes and employment space will go on display at a public exhibition at Keynsham Methodist Church next Tuesday and Wednesday.

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  • Profile image for playboy51

    I am somewhat amazed to find that the three red brick blocks (A,B,C) are going to be retained. "A" block is in a poor condition and was home to chocolate making. It will need a lot of upgrading to bring it up to todays standards. I worked there for 31+years so maybe that's why i would not want to live there. Having paid hundreds of thousands of pounds for a house , would you want to draw your curtains of a morning to find your only outlook was an old clapped out red brick buildind towering over you?

    By playboy51 at 17:00 on 25/02/13

  • Profile image for Cockle1967

    Yes. Very clever build more houses on a flood plain. Oh well dont say we never told you so. Shame . Bless Kraft !

    By Cockle1967 at 18:29 on 16/02/13

  • Profile image for Banksy

    700 extra homes to add to the daily rush hour at Hicks gate, I can hardly wait!

    By Banksy at 15:31 on 16/02/13

  • Profile image for nickthompson

    Are these homes to be built on stilts,or do they come with built in water pumps?

    By nickthompson at 13:31 on 16/02/13

  • Profile image for FromMendip

    So the Fry Club is to be relocated but will the sports pitches and other sporting facilities remain?

    There is a large number of football and cricket pitches and it would be a huge blow if they all disappear.

    By FromMendip at 13:06 on 16/02/13

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