Continued pressure for second access to Somerdale development

Conservative councillors in Keynsham are continuing to put pressure on Bath and North East Somerset Council and developer Taylor Wimpey to provide a second access road to the redevelopment of the former Cadbury’s Somerdale factory site.

At a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet last Wednesday, 8th May, Keynsham North councillor Charles Gerrish (Cons) pressed the Council on the need for a second access road to the site.

The calls come as the site’s owner Taylor Wimpey lodges its planning application to redevelop the site for new housing and employment.

Taylor Wimpey has so far argued that its traffic modelling suggests a second access to the site is not needed. However, local Conservatives have said the developer must to listen to the concerns of residents over the increased levels of traffic to the site.

In answer to a question tabled by Councillor Gerrish at the Cabinet meeting, the authority’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Planning stated that the Council had made it clear to the developer that a single access to the site would not be deemed an acceptable solution to the transport issues surrounding the development. The authority has said discussions on the matter with Taylor Wimpey remain on-going.

Councillor Charles Gerrish (Cons, Keynsham North) commented:

“The need for a second access road to the site is clear and Taylor Wimpey must listen to the concerns of local residents, who are best placed to understand the traffic issues in the area.

“We have ensured that the Council’s recently agreed Core Strategy development blueprint includes a second access as a requirement of the Somerdale development. I’m therefore pleased to see that B&NES is continuing discussions with Taylor Wimpey to resolve this issue.

“Brian Simmons and I will continue to press both B&NES and Taylor Wimpey on the importance of this second access road.”