Apartments for old Fire Station site

The public will have a chance to see new plans for the former Keynsham Fire Station site on Temple Street later this month.

Artist’s impression of the new development. Courtesy of the Nash Partnership

A drop-in session has been arranged on Thursday 23rd November at The Library on Market Walk (6.30pm-8pm) for comments on plans for 21 apartments and two retail units prior to a formal planning application to Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) at the end of the month.

The scheme is designed for over-55 living, which the owners Chewton Place Developments hope will mitigate the fact there is no provision for car parking. The plan comprises of 13 one-bed and eight two-bedroom apartments spread over three floors with two retail units fronting Temple Street. Market Walk will be extended through the site to provide continuous access to the leisure centre.

The old fire station was purchased by Chewton Place Developments in July 2017 for £750,000 (over twice the guideline sale price). Initially, the building served as a temporary construction office during the building of the Riverside apartments. In 2019, plans were put forward for a mixed-use development comprising residential, retail and a 42-bedroom hotel. This was later withdrawn and B&NES Council designated the site for apartments.