Plans revealed for Block D at The Chocolate Quarter in Keynsham

St Monica Trust has released plans for the final stage of its development in Keynsham and is inviting people to have their say.

The wider Chocolate Quarter on the old factory site features a care home, retirement apartments, dining and leisure facilities that are open to the community.

The final proposed piece, see the images above and below, is the addition of 44 assisted living apartments to be built on the currently unused ground (formerly known as Block D) between Somerdale Pavilion and the offices in Block C.

The trust is seeking planning permission for the project, which will be submitted to B&NES Council shortly.

The apartments will be available to lease or buy, with many available on an affordable basis. All will benefit from balconies, complete with glass-finished balustrades. A private residents’ lounge is proposed on the ground floor.

The five-storey building has been designed to reflect the same design principles of the other buildings in the development with the brick exterior and zinc-faced aluminium finish of the original Fry’s factory building.

There will also be a communal outdoor area for the whole community to enjoy. It will feature a covered garden space with two seating areas and entrances linking to Block D and the Pavilion. This space will tie together the existing green spaces at The Chocolate Quarter, reflecting the same landscape design.

The development plans can be viewed at www.block-d-keynsham.org.uk/ and people can participate in a community consultation by submitting their comments for consideration.