Planning news in and around Radstock this week

By Susie Watkins

13th Oct 2021 | Local News

How the Radstock health centre looks this week
How the Radstock health centre looks this week

Planning news in and around Radstock.

And in Wellow, at Wisteria House, on the High Street, an application is in to cut back a Copper Beech and lift the crown of the tree which is encroaching on the property. Details under 21/04589/TCA.

At Double Hill Farm, on Double Hill, in Shoscombe, an application is in to discharge condition 2 of application 19/05413/ADCOU (Prior approval request for change of use from Agricultural Barns to Dwellings (C3) (into four homes) and associated operational development). Details under 21/04603/COND.

B&NES planners have approved plans for change of use at 1 The Island, in Midsomer Norton. Under reference 21/03814/CDCOU an application was put in for prior approval for change of use of ground floor area from Commercial, Business and Service registration into a one bedroomed flat (C3).

Meantime residents in Keynsham are being asked how they would like Temple Street to look in the future.

Concept design proposals to make the area more attractive, engaging and vibrant while enhancing its historic identity have just been released as part of the Keynsham Heritage Action Zone (HS HAZ) Programme.

The £1.1m four-year project to improve the town's Conservation Area is a partnership between Bath & North East Somerset Council, Historic England and Keynsham Town Council.

Councillor Richard Samuel, Deputy Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council and cabinet member for Resources and Economic Development said: "The concept designs have been inspired by Keynsham's past and aim to strengthen Temple Street's identity as an independent part of Keynsham's High Street while promoting sustainable economic and cultural growth and improving quality of life in the town centre.

"We want to celebrate Temple Street's historic character while making it a more appealing and vibrant place to visit by improving the streetscape, particularly around the historic terrace of shops and the Grade II listed Trout Tavern. We also want to reduce the dominance of Riverside, revitalise underused spaces, green the street with planting and trees, improve accessibility and the street's connection to key areas in the town such as Memorial Park.

"We think these initial concept proposals address these issues, but it's important local people shape their own community which is why I'm urging people to get involved in the consultation and help inform the detailed design proposals."

During the six-week consultation, which runs until Monday 22 November, a series of drop-in sessions and physical and virtual meetings will be held for residents, businesses and community groups to provide feedback and have their voices heard. Further details about these sessions and can be found on HiKeynsham.co.uk.

Councillor Andy Wait, Chair of Keynsham Town Council said: "Temple Street has a huge potential to become something very special in Keynsham. The first step in this renaissance is the upgrading of the public spaces on the street. "

The improvements to Temple Street are part of Bath & North East Somerset Council's wider High Streets Renewal Programme which will see £3.6m invested into the rejuvenation of Keynsham's High Street. This includes the separate project 'Keynsham High Street Public Realm Improvements Phase 1', which is already underway. It focuses on the Core High Street, including footpath decluttering, widening and resurfacing, better signage, cycling and bus stop facilities and new seating, streetlights, landscaping and trees.

Further details about Keynsham's HS HAZ can be found at HiKeynsham.co.uk

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