Revealed: Plan for Keynsham fire station flats

PLANS have been submitted to demolish Keynsham’s old fire station and replace it with a block of 21 flats.

The four-storey development for the over-55s would comprise 12 one-bed and nine two-bed apartments, with commercial space on the ground floor facing Temple Street.

A new pedestrian walkway through the site would link Market Walk to the leisure centre and Riverside apartments.

Chewton Place Developments Ltd have lodged plans with Bath & North East Somerset Council that would include just two off-street car parking spaces, with electric vehicle charging, and one motorcycle space.

The development would also have secure, covered spaces for 42 cycles for the residents, plus eight secure cycle spaces for the commercial area.

Chewton Place Developments bought the former fire station in 2017 for £750,000. Since then, attempts to redevelop the site have stalled.

Plans to build a boutique hotel, with flats, shops and restaurant, on the site were submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council in October 2019, but the application was withdrawn in January 2020.

The current proposals were unveiled last year, and member of the public were invited to a drop-in session in November to see the plans, ask questions and give their views of the scheme.

The developers say: “Currently the application site presents an unattractive part of Keynsham, accommodating a redundant building with no heritage value that does not contribute to the character and appearance of the conservation area.”

The fire station closed in 2015 when the new one opened at Hicks Gate.

The planning reference for the scheme on the B&NES Council planning portal is 24/00768/FUL. The deadline for comments in April 13 and the raget date for a decision is June 10.