Keynsham town centre £33m development plans approved

An artists' impression of Keynsham after its regeneration
Image caption The new buildings will include a library, council offices, shops and restaurants

A £33m regeneration of Keynsham town centre is to go ahead after revised plans were approved by councillors.

The library and town hall buildings will be demolished and rebuilt as part of the scheme by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

The project will also include new shops and restaurants, and spaces for markets and events.

A council spokesman said the scheme would take two years to build and would be completed in Autumn 2014.

The original plans were revised after concerns were raised over the design of the buildings from English Heritage and the local civic society.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat-run council, councillor Paul Crossley, said: "A vastly improved town centre will encourage private sector investment into Keynsham resulting in new jobs, new homes and opportunities for local people."

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