Grant opens up for green space in Keynsham community

Date: Wednesday 27 August 2014

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We’re offering community and environmental groups in Keynsham, near Bristol a unique opportunity to help create and manage a large area of public green space for local people to enjoy – along with a £25,000 grant to towards the successful project.

A swathe of farmland covering at least 50 acres and known locally as the Hams is being made available next to our Somerdale development, which is currently under construction on the site of Keynsham’s former Cadbury factory.

An opportunity to manage this land had previously been offered to another party but has subsequently been turned down – and now local groups are being given the chance to come forward with their own ideas for the site.

A £25,000 grant is being made available for the establishment and ongoing management of the land, provided some environmental and community benefits can be demonstrated by the right candidate.

Keith Simmons, Regional Managing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “This really is a unique opportunity for a group with an interest in the local community and the environment to create a fantastic new area of public green space for the whole of Keynsham to enjoy.

“We were working with a particular organisation for the management of this land, but the organisation concerned has now withdrawn its interest in the site.

“We have therefore taken the decision to open up this opportunity to the wider community in the hope that someone will come forward with their own ideas about how the land can be preserved for the benefit of future generations.

“The land is currently in agricultural use but its prime location on the banks of the River Avon offers plenty of potential for some really exciting uses to be put forward to ensure it can become a valuable asset to the local community.

“We are making a sizeable grant available – plus the potential for ongoing revenue – on the condition that interested parties can come up with a credible plan for the future of this site and can demonstrate some environmental and community benefits to their proposal.

“We look forward to hearing people’s ideas as we look to work closely with the local community to realise the potential of this important site.”

We’re currently building new homes at Somerdale in Keynsham as part of the redevelopment of the Cadbury factory site, with a range of sports pitches being retained and improved from the old facility.

The land which is being offered up for management as public open space surrounds the new homes and sports facilities to the north and west, and is bordered by the River Avon. Its location within the flood plain for this waterway would have to be incorporated into the design of any future use of the land.

Anyone interested in putting forward their proposals for this site can contact Somerdale Project Director Adrian Slade by emailing Somerdale@taylorwimpey.com or by writing to Taylor Wimpey Bristol, 600 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4SD.