The timeline below shows the project stages we will follow. We will update this page as more details become available.
Expand the sections below to find out more about each stage.
Public consultation on the proposalsCompleted
We held a public consultation on the Keynsham Recycling proposals in December 2020, alongside another consultation asking for suggestions for locations for Bath recycling centres and other ideas to increase recycling. This gained broadly supportive responses.
Feedback on the Keynsham Recycling Hub consultation showed that 70% of residents who responded support modern facilities for efficiency and reliability of refuse and recycling collections. A total of 71% of respondents supported the key aim of preparing for the future and encouraging more recycling. Read more in our Statement of Community Involvement within the documents submitted with our planning application.
The planning application process included a further opportunity for residents, businesses, the local town and parish councils, and other stakeholders to give their views.
Planning application submittedCompleted
A detailed planning submission was made at the end of January 2021. This was considered by our technical officers, as well as external organisations such as Natural England.
The reference number is 21/00435/EREG03 and you can view the responses on our website.
Demolition of redundant buildings at Pixash LaneCompleted
The demolition of the redundant buildings at Pixash Lane was completed in May 2021. This was to prepare the site for groundworks and construction to start in the autumn, once a contractor has been appointed.
All the brick and stone is being kept on site to be re-used during the construction – that saves journeys by lorry to take it away now, and even more in future because we won’t need to bring hardcore in to the site.
Read the decision notice from July 2021 granting planning permission.
Proposals and funding agreementCompleted
Budget uplift agreedCompleted
Council approved a budget increase of £9.2m for the Keynsham Recycling Hub.
Site preparation worksCompleted
Preparatory work (to secure and prepare the site ahead of the main works) has been completed.
Some of the stone that was retained on site after the demolition of the previous buildings has been used to create a haul road, allowing vehicles to drive around the site without sinking in the mud.
Site offices and welfare/meeting rooms have been brought on site and a new parking area, with access via Worlds End Lane, has been created for contractors and site visitors.
Work is underway with the main contractor, Farrans, on site working on:
- Storm Drainage and Utilities
- RRC and Section 278 works
From 8 June 2022, essential highway and utility works will be underway for up to six months. See our news story for more detail. From time to time, there will be closures or partial closures, with diversions in place along Pixash Lane, when necessary.
A Section 73 application for minor amendments to the current planning consent has been made. The proposed changes include the following:
- Realignment of the road
- Amendments to the structure of the MRF building
- Using a prefabricated timber frame building rather than a steel frame construction for the Salt Barn.
You can view the application on the website by searching with the reference: 22/02206/VAR
The rest of the construction scheme includes:
- Main office, welfare and workshop building
- MRF, Salt Barn and Traders Transfer Station
- Fit out of buildings
- Weighbridges and kiosk
- External yards
Opening of new public Re-use and Recycling CentreOn targetThe new public recycling centre will be quicker and easier to use, with expanded recycling provision. It will enable residents to recycle more which will contribute to our Climate Emergency goals.
The new entrance to the public facilities will be on Worlds End Lane which will be widened and upgraded ahead of the opening. We are working on opening the Re-use shop in Spring 2023.
Relocation of operations from Midland Road, BathOn target
Our fleet of collection vehicles, which are currently based at Midland Road and Ashmead Road, will start to operate out of Keynsham Recycling Hub. The Midland Road public recycling centre will remain open until an alternative like-for-like Bath site is in place. Read more about Recycling Centres for Bath.