WSP instrumental in planning approval for former Cadbury site

WSP has played a key role in gaining planning approval for a 700 home development on the former Somerdale Cadbury’s site in Keynsham, Bristol.

The 90 hectare mixed use re-development of the former factory site will comprise 700 homes, a sports and leisure club, new sports pitches and recreational areas, a primary school, healthcare centre and local shops and community facilities. It is also expected to create 1,000 jobs.

Working on behalf of client Taylor Wimpey, WSP has been heavily involved in the project over the past three years, providing planning support including transport, roads and drainage design, land quality, as well as structural and building services for the new leisure centre.

WSP’s engineering solutions significantly reduced infrastructure costs and increased viability for Taylor Wimpey by making the best use of existing infrastructure. Pivotal to consent was WSP demonstrating that a single point of vehicular access would meet the needs of the development and provide no less level of service than a multiple access solution.

WSP project manager Neil Brant said:

“Somerdale has been a technically and politically challenging site from the outset requiring extensive input from WSP. There were multiple challenges to overcome, particularly meeting sustainability criteria at the same time as providing solutions that would meet the development’s needs. We’re very proud to have been instrumental in the project gaining planning approval.”

Adrian Slade from Taylor Wimpey said:

“WSP has played an extremely important role in helping us gain planning approval for this ambitious project, coming up with solutions that expertly met all the competing priorities of the scheme and ensuring all the involved parties were confident of those solutions.”

Taylor Wimpey acquired the site on a subject to planning basis in January, 2012.