Public pass verdict on ex-factory plans
Plans to build 700 homes on the former Cadbury factory site in Keynsham have received a mixed response from local people.
Home builder Taylor Wimpey hosted a two-day exhibition in the town this week to tell residents how it proposed to redevelop the 90 hectare site.
The developer wants to replace the factory with 700 homes, a new primary school, shops, a medical centre, a new Fry Club, a care home and employment space that could create 1,000 new jobs.
It also hopes to open up the banks of the River Avon, with footpaths and cycling routes as well as a river cafe.
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Part of the scheme to come under criticism from residents is the single access route for the site along Somerdale Road with new traffic lights at its junction with Keynsham Road.
Existing access to Priory Road and Chandos Road will be closed.
Duncan Hounsell, a retired teacher from Saltford, said: "I like the mixed use and also the opening up of the river.
"I am a bit concerned about the long loop entrance to Priory Road. It's a long trek for people who will have to travel it every day."
Pastor Jim Elmer, 77, who lives in Priory Road, said he was still disappointed Cadbury decided to leave the site.
He said: "It's a shame we've lost a local employer but on the other hand now the place has been sold it is inevitable and logical to convert it into housing."
Play worker, 25-year-old Laura Friend from Keynsham, added: "It's a shame they closed the factory but it's good they are doing something with the site. It's better than leaving it."
Taylor Wimpey said the plans, which it hopes to submit to Bath and North East Somerset Council next month, were the result of 12 months of work and consultation.
Project director Adrian Slade said: "The feedback from the workshops and the exhibition provided us with a clear insight into local people's concerns and aspirations.
"The latest plans are the culmination of a great deal of time and investment by ourselves and most importantly, the local community."