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Somerdale Information

Former Cadbury Factory - Cross Street - Keynsham - Bristol - BS31 2AU

This website contains information and updates about our Somerdale development in Keynsham

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  • Overview

    This website contains information and updates about our Somerdale development in Keynsham, including the latest news on planning applications and future phases of homes.

    If you are interested in buying a new home at Somerdale, please click here for our Somerdale sales and marketing website.

    The site, formerly home to the Cadbury factory in Keynsham, was granted outline planning permission for a mixed-use development by Bath and North East Somerset Council in September 2013, following 18 months of planning and public consultation.

    After further public engagement, we developed a masterplan for the site, which includes up to 700 new homes, including affordable housing, together with a new sports and social club, a primary school, retail and commercial units, a care home and a new medical centre.

    Work commenced on the first phase of homes at Somerdale in May 2014 and we expect the entire project to take around 10 years to complete. 

    Our development has been designed in line with the principles set out in the Somerdale Design Guide. You can view a copy of the Somerdale Design Guide by clicking here

    Find out the very latest news about Somerdale, by clicking on the News and Updates tab.

  • What's proposed

    The redevelopment of this previously developed site provides an exciting opportunity to create a vibrant new sustainable community and an attractive and integrated new quarter for Keynsham, as well as offering significant economic benefits for the region.

    Somerdale masterplan

    The Masterplan for Somerdale

    Our vision is for the creation of a new garden neighbourhood, which delivers the regeneration of Somerdale by building on the legacy of living, working and relaxing on the site started by Fry’s.

    We were selected as the preferred developer for the site, and together with the project team, worked closely with local people, through a series of meetings, workshops and exhibitions to put together proposals for how the site could be developed.

    The development will see the comprehensive regeneration of this unique and historic site to include:

    * Up to 700 new homes including affordable housing
    * A new Fry Sports & Social Club facility
    * Conversion of former factory block A to apartments
    * Partial retention of factory blocks B and C for employment uses
    * A new local centre which could include retail, community and leisure uses
    * A single form entry primary school
    * A children’s crèche
    * A new 70-bed care home
    * A new medical centre
    * A café / restaurant
    * Replacement playing fields and pitches associated with the Fry Club
    * A new riverside walk with a new cycle/pedestrian bridge over the River Avon
    * Substantial areas of public open space, including a wetland area for wildlife
    * The extension of Keynsham Railway Station overspill car parking to encourage sustainable travel.

     The masterplan has developed through extensive public consultation with Bath and North East Somerset Council, statutory organisations and local people via one-to-one meetings, public exhibitions and workshops.

    The retained factory buildings form a distinctive landmark for the development and, in conjunction with the Fry Club, the community square and the school, will provide a central community focus.

    A major part of the regeneration of the site is the provision of additional leisure, recreational, sports, children’s activities and community facilities to add to the richness of the site’s legacy. Once complete, the site will offer 13 full-size and two junior football pitches, four cricket pitches and a nine-hole golf course.

    Significant infrastructural enhancements will be provided both on site and in the surrounding area, including improvements to the existing road network, while access to the site will be improved by creating a new road layout and signalised junction at the entrance.

    The Bath and North East Somerset Local Plan seeks to provide 1,500 additional jobs within Keynsham as part of its drive to encourage economic development and, in total, it’s estimated that the new commercial space, together with amenities such as the care home, school, café and improved Fry Club will deliver more than 1,000 jobs across a range of sectors.

  • News and updates

    September 2016 - Our Somerdale newsletter is available to download by clicking here

    March 2016 - Our Somerdale newsletter is available to download by clicking here.

    December 2015 – Planning consent granted by Bath & North East Somerset Council for the second phase of residential development at Somerdale (208 new homes)

    November 2015 - We held a public consultation event to exhibit our plans for a new primary school and nursery at Somerdale on Wednesday 18 November. Click here to view the exhibition boards. The public consultation period has now ended and we are currently finalising a planning application for submission to Bath & North East Somerset Council.

    September 2015 - Our Somerdale newsletter is available to download by clicking here

    June 2015 - St Monica Trust, a Bristol-based charity specialising in care for the elderly, will redevelop iconic redbrick buildings at the old Cadbury’s factory into a £60 million retirement village. You can find out more information by clicking here.

    May 2015 -  Our Somerdale newsletter is available to download by clicking here.

    April 2015 - Taylor Wimpey and MF Freeman obtained planning consent for moving the care home element of the orginal planning consent into one of the existing buildings known as Block B. 

    January 2015 - Our development has been designed in line with the principles set out in the Somerdale Design Guide. You can view a copy of the Somerdale Design Guide by clicking here.

    November 2014 - Our Somerdale newsletter is available to download by clicking here.

    August 2014 - Our Somerdale newsletter is available to download by clicking here.

    June 2014 - Our Somerdale newsletter is available to download by clicking here.

    May 2014 - Our Somerdale newsletter is available to download by clicking here.

    May 2014 - Work started on the first phase of homes at Somerdale. Initial works included the stripping away of topsoil and putting in foundations. The first homes are expected to go on sale in the summer of 2014. Bridgewater construction firm Pollards also commenced the rebuilding of the Fry Club on site. The transformation of the popular sports and social club will take a year to complete and the building will eventually boast new changing rooms, five flexible function rooms, a large sports bar with a skittle alley and a multi-activity room for community groups.

    April 28, 2014 - Councillor Paul Crossley, leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council, cut the first sod at a celebratory event. Cllr Crossley said: “It is extremely positive for Keynsham that Taylor Wimpey is making a good start on the regeneration of the Somerdale site. This vibrant new location will provide an excellent range of homes and community facilities for local people, contributing towards the overall rejuvenation of the town.”

    February 2014 - Taylor Wimpey completed the purchase of the site shortly after full planning permission was granted for Somerdale by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

    September 2013 - Somerdale granted outline planning permission by Bath and North East Somerset Council.