Survey says ‘no K2 without access road’

A survey of local opinion on a proposed housing development in Keynsham has shown that the vast majority of residents oppose the plans without a new access road.

A Residents’ Survey delivered to almost 800 houses in south Keynsham by local Conservatives confirmed that residents there firmly agree that the ‘K2’ development plans should not go ahead unless a new access road to the site is built.

The current plans from developer Taylor Wimpey would mean almost 300 new houses being built to the south of Keynsham, with only one access to the site through Park Road, a small residential road in the town.

Conservative councillor for Keynsham South, Alan Hale, has backed residents calling for the current plans to be rejected, arguing that they would create too much traffic along Park Road and cause unacceptable disruption to residents during construction. Now, the survey conducted by Alan and other local Conservative councillors shows that over 85% of residents who responded support this position.

Cllr Alan Hale (Cons, Keynsham south) commented;

“It’s been clear for a long time that there is deep concern in Keynsham about the housing development planned at the end of Park Road, and our survey now confirms that this view is shared by the vast majority of residents near the site.

“It was never envisaged that development would take place at the K2 site in a piecemeal fashion without new amenities or access road. Anyone who visits the site can see it would be madness to allow a large development there with the only access through Park Road, which is residential and little more than a lane in parts.

“I will continue to support those campaigning against these plans as they stand, and alongside my fellow Conservative Councillors in Keynsham, will work to find a solution to delivering a new access road to the site.”

The planning application by Taylor Wimpey was recently delayed due to reports of possible Anthrax contamination at the site, which is currently being investigated. No date has yet been confirmed for the planning application to be considered.