Keynsham Cadbury Site 700 Homes Development Plans to Get Green Light
Redevelopment plans for the former Cadbury factory in Keynsham which includes almost 700 properties as well as business space for around 1,000 jobs are set to be given the green light. Planning officers at Bath and North East Somerset Council have recommended the scheme by Taylor Wimpey for the site, which ended production in 2011, be approved. Taylor Wimpey hope to transform the 220-acre site into a town extension with more than 700 new homes, a 70-bed care home, a 210-place primary school, medical facility, shops, office space and new sports facilities.
It is estimated the proposed development would provide floor space for about 1,000 jobs. It would also result in 1,277 director construction jobs over the building of the scheme was well as 450 indirect construction jobs and 760 other indirect roles in sectors including distribution, retail, business services and catering.
In a report to BANES' Development Control Committee the planning officers said the site has been identified as a major development site but with the closure of the factory the development strategy has changed from an industrial-led scheme to a residential-led scheme. As a result the proposal "broadly conforms" with the strategy for the area and is an "appropriate" mixed-use development of the site.