Last-minute complaint delays opening of Grounded in Keynsham today

Grounded for webNew café bar Grounded has had to delay its planned opening today after a complaint from a local councillor that a noise check had not been carried out.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s development control committee met last Wednesday when the plans for the old Lloyds Bank building in the High Street were finally approved. Concerns, including the proximity to sheltered homes in Back Lane, were overcome through conditions.

Although some building work had been done prior to permission being granted, builders  have been working flat out since last Wednesday to get the place open by today.

But Grounded, which has already has cafés in  Redfield, Brislington, Bedminster, Horfield and Corsham and one opening in Fishponds in the spring, announced last night: “Unfortunately the opening of Keynsham Grounded has been delayed. We have received a last-minute complaint that our kitchen fan has not been fully checked for noise.”

The company said it hoped the delay would not be too long.

Later on Twitter, Grounded said the complaint had been made by “someone who’s got it in for us, obviously!”

B&NES councillor for Keynsham Charles Gerrish today confirmed to The Week In that it was him who had contacted the planning enforcement department .

Residents of Park Road, Dunster Road and Lulworth Road will no doubt be surprised at the speed of intervention by B&NES planning enforcement team. The need to abide by planning conditions is a principle the council could also do well to take note of as currently six of the conditions attached to the planning permission granted for the civic centre development are yet to be satisfied.

Some of these, such as the full reopening of the Civic Centre Car Park, were supposed to be implemented before anybody could move in to Market Walk.