36 flats planned at former Keynsham care home

A TOTAL of 36 flats could be built on the site of a former care home in Keynsham.

Since the Treetops care home in St Clements Road closed down in 2018, there have been repeated attempts to redevelop the site.

The empty building has also become the target of anti-social behaviour, with young people causing damage and starting fires.

An application to demolish the building and build 39 flats was dismissed by a planning inspector in April 2022, and an attempt to get permission for 30 apartments on the site was turned down by Bath and North East Somerset Council later in the year.

Now Treetops has submitted a new planning application to knock down the building – which was constructed in 1992 – and build 36 flats on the site in two three-storey buildings. Flats would be a mix of one, two, and three bed apartments.

A total of 30 car parking spaces would be provided, as well as another five to be shared with the adjoining Temple House Health Centre. There would also be 79 covered cycle spaces.

The developer describes it as a “sustainable” location, with good access to local bus links and cycle routes.

A design and access statement submitted with the application said: “The development will contribute to the housing need and provide a mix of residential types. The scheme aims to fully exploit the views to the south and east, creating residences that are lovely places to live.”

Treetops said that it had developed its plans since the last planning refusal, incorporating feedback from Design West (Design Review Panel).

The B&NES Council planning reference is 23/03390/OUT. The deadline for comments is November 9, and a decision is expected in January.

John Wimperis, Local Democracy Reporting Service

Pictured, how the proposed flats could look