Question mark hangs over future of landmark Keynsham building

Plans to turn an empty council-owned building in Keynsham into flats have been withdrawn this week, with a question mark now hanging over its future use.

Aequus Developments, the property arm of Bath & North East Somerset Council, had submitted a planning application to turn Grade II listed Milward House on Bristol Road into flats. The former Friends’ Meeting House, which dates from the mid-18th century, was last used as offices.

Two two-bed flats and four one-bed flats had been proposed, with the architects’ report accompanying the planning application saying the building lends itself well to internal sub-division with relatively little impact on the historic fabric.

But this week Cllr Tom Davies, B&NES Cabinet member for Adult Services and Council House Building, said: “The planning application has been withdrawn due to listed building challenges with the proposed scheme.

“The council is now reviewing the options for the building.”