700-home plan for Cadbury site in Keynsham nearly complete
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.
The former 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.