Plans to demolish Rileys sports bar to build 40 flats

Somerset County Gazette: How the flats would look from the railway station. How the flats would look from the railway station.

A FORMER sports bar in Taunton could be knocked down and turned into a block of flats, it has emerged.

The old Rileys bar, in Kingston Road, closed in November last year but Taunton-based architects Reed Holland Associates are working with the new owners, No.1 Kingston Road Ltd, to turn the land into apartments and some affordable housing with bike sheds and car parking.

If their plans are successful with Taunton Deane Council planning bosses, the two-storey building would be demolished and replaced with 39 one-bedroom flats and 11 two-bedroom apartments.

In their online application, the developers say work has been done to tidy up the site and if the proposed development was successful, it would secure the site’s long term future.

They added: “The previous use of the building as a snooker hall and nightclub meant it was predominantly used at night thus raising issues of noise, alcohol abuse and the consequential impact upon security of surrounding properties.

“The proposed high quality residential use will be more compatible with the surrounding streets and the building will be in habited 24/7 by residents.”

The venue’s closure left several of the town’s snooker, pool and darts teams stranded as they had to find other venues to complete their matches.

When the building, which used to be a cinema, went under the hammer in February, auctioneers Clive Emson had a guide price of around £125,000 to £150,000 on the building.

Developers want to create a ‘visually interesting building’ which has strong links to its surroundings, which include the railway station, shops, houses and a taxi rank.

They added: “The proposed development will visually enhance the existing site and give a positive first impression of Taunton to those alighting at Taunton Railway Station.”

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1:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

nat_11 says...

about time that side of town had a face lift, as the first thing you see when you walk into Taunton its not been very impressive ever, hope it gets built
about time that side of town had a face lift, as the first thing you see when you walk into Taunton its not been very impressive ever, hope it gets built nat_11

1:43pm Wed 4 Dec 13

swjoduk says...

Let it go, always been a complete dive! Not sure I would fancy living next to a busy road, train station and railway mind you!
Let it go, always been a complete dive! Not sure I would fancy living next to a busy road, train station and railway mind you! swjoduk

10:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

tizbyjo.1989 says...

I think knocking it down will be the best thing for this end of town. Its not the nicest looking at the moment and would improve peoples first impressions of the 'county town' as then arrive off the train. xx
I think knocking it down will be the best thing for this end of town. Its not the nicest looking at the moment and would improve peoples first impressions of the 'county town' as then arrive off the train. xx tizbyjo.1989

9:57am Thu 5 Dec 13

Tauntoner says...

I'd much rather see the building refurbished and re-opened as a cinema. There's nothing within easy walking distance of North Taunton at the moment.
I'd much rather see the building refurbished and re-opened as a cinema. There's nothing within easy walking distance of North Taunton at the moment. Tauntoner

6:22pm Thu 5 Dec 13

John Swift says...

Another 6-storey block of flats totally out-of-keeping with the locality - so wrong. What is this once glorious town doing to itself or rather what are the planners allowing to be done to it?
Another 6-storey block of flats totally out-of-keeping with the locality - so wrong. What is this once glorious town doing to itself or rather what are the planners allowing to be done to it? John Swift

9:18pm Thu 5 Dec 13

madcow says...

Although i agree the building is unsightly, however when it was "Kingston's", it was the best place ever. but Taunton doesn't need another night club, but a cinema would be a great idea, as not too far from the old classic cinema, and it means that children who live in town don't have to rely on buses and parents to drop them off at hankridge.
Although i agree the building is unsightly, however when it was "Kingston's", it was the best place ever. but Taunton doesn't need another night club, but a cinema would be a great idea, as not too far from the old classic cinema, and it means that children who live in town don't have to rely on buses and parents to drop them off at hankridge. madcow

11:38pm Thu 5 Dec 13

joanna25 says...

madcow wrote:
Although i agree the building is unsightly, however when it was "Kingston's", it was the best place ever. but Taunton doesn't need another night club, but a cinema would be a great idea, as not too far from the old classic cinema, and it means that children who live in town don't have to rely on buses and parents to drop them off at hankridge.
Totally agree with you, Kingstons was the best place ever,was the best 12 years of my life working there,still missing it after all these years,
[quote][p][bold]madcow[/bold] wrote: Although i agree the building is unsightly, however when it was "Kingston's", it was the best place ever. but Taunton doesn't need another night club, but a cinema would be a great idea, as not too far from the old classic cinema, and it means that children who live in town don't have to rely on buses and parents to drop them off at hankridge.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you, Kingstons was the best place ever,was the best 12 years of my life working there,still missing it after all these years, joanna25

12:51pm Fri 6 Dec 13

swjoduk says...

John Swift wrote:
Another 6-storey block of flats totally out-of-keeping with the locality - so wrong. What is this once glorious town doing to itself or rather what are the planners allowing to be done to it?
I think the design looks good and not totally out of place. whats the big tall white building down there (other than old Kingstons)? You can spot that from the multi storey as well as other locations
[quote][p][bold]John Swift[/bold] wrote: Another 6-storey block of flats totally out-of-keeping with the locality - so wrong. What is this once glorious town doing to itself or rather what are the planners allowing to be done to it?[/p][/quote]I think the design looks good and not totally out of place. whats the big tall white building down there (other than old Kingstons)? You can spot that from the multi storey as well as other locations swjoduk

4:23pm Fri 6 Dec 13

madcow says...

joanna25 wrote:
madcow wrote:
Although i agree the building is unsightly, however when it was "Kingston's", it was the best place ever. but Taunton doesn't need another night club, but a cinema would be a great idea, as not too far from the old classic cinema, and it means that children who live in town don't have to rely on buses and parents to drop them off at hankridge.
Totally agree with you, Kingstons was the best place ever,was the best 12 years of my life working there,still missing it after all these years,
My friend and i often talk about Mike who used to work behind the little bar, wonder what happened to him.
[quote][p][bold]joanna25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madcow[/bold] wrote: Although i agree the building is unsightly, however when it was "Kingston's", it was the best place ever. but Taunton doesn't need another night club, but a cinema would be a great idea, as not too far from the old classic cinema, and it means that children who live in town don't have to rely on buses and parents to drop them off at hankridge.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you, Kingstons was the best place ever,was the best 12 years of my life working there,still missing it after all these years,[/p][/quote]My friend and i often talk about Mike who used to work behind the little bar, wonder what happened to him. madcow

6:04pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Guy Smiley says...

I used to live in Thomas Street. Street of Champions. Loved every minute.

That building you mention is High-Point. An art-deco thing on the corner with Railway Street.
I used to live in Thomas Street. Street of Champions. Loved every minute. That building you mention is High-Point. An art-deco thing on the corner with Railway Street. Guy Smiley

8:56pm Sat 7 Dec 13

somersetvoyager says...

We don't need any more prison blocks.
We don't need any more prison blocks. somersetvoyager

9:40am Sun 8 Dec 13

souwesterly says...

The only way I'd really condone such a development would be if it incorporated the entire row of rather run-down buildings, perhaps even as far as Grove Terrace....the whole lot could do with a really good make-over.
39 one-bedroom flats and 11 two-bedroom apartments, with 'some affordable housing' says to me that landlords will promptly buy up and let out most of it and that end of town will remain something of a run-down area.
And 6 storeys - it seems that now the planners have succeeded in getting their monstrous carbuncle at Waterside built, there's to be no limit to upward development - totally out of place in our open-style country town.
And whenever you see architects drawings, they always ignore the downside - the litter, the hangers-around, etc. Then add in the night-time fun; the seagulls who will promptly roost on it's roof; the perceived risk from jumpers....and then the netting to deter both seagulls and suicides.
Sorry - out of place and too much.
And it's no use hankering after a cinema - that just aint gonna happen, is it?
The only way I'd really condone such a development would be if it incorporated the entire row of rather run-down buildings, perhaps even as far as Grove Terrace....the whole lot could do with a really good make-over. 39 one-bedroom flats and 11 two-bedroom apartments, with 'some affordable housing' says to me that landlords will promptly buy up and let out most of it and that end of town will remain something of a run-down area. And 6 storeys - it seems that now the planners have succeeded in getting their monstrous carbuncle at Waterside built, there's to be no limit to upward development - totally out of place in our open-style country town. And whenever you see architects drawings, they always ignore the downside - the litter, the hangers-around, etc. Then add in the night-time fun; the seagulls who will promptly roost on it's roof; the perceived risk from jumpers....and then the netting to deter both seagulls and suicides. Sorry - out of place and too much. And it's no use hankering after a cinema - that just aint gonna happen, is it? souwesterly

3:59pm Sun 8 Dec 13

heather147 says...

Tauntoner wrote:
I'd much rather see the building refurbished and re-opened as a cinema. There's nothing within easy walking distance of North Taunton at the moment.
I agree. I like going to the cinema and the only one in the area is right down at Hankridge. As far as I know, there is no public transport there at all (certainly not in the evening or on a Sunday anyway) and it is too far to walk. It's about time Taunton had a cinema in the town centre like they do in Yeovil and the majority of other towns in the UK.
[quote][p][bold]Tauntoner[/bold] wrote: I'd much rather see the building refurbished and re-opened as a cinema. There's nothing within easy walking distance of North Taunton at the moment.[/p][/quote]I agree. I like going to the cinema and the only one in the area is right down at Hankridge. As far as I know, there is no public transport there at all (certainly not in the evening or on a Sunday anyway) and it is too far to walk. It's about time Taunton had a cinema in the town centre like they do in Yeovil and the majority of other towns in the UK. heather147

12:17pm Mon 9 Dec 13

swjoduk says...

souwesterly wrote:
The only way I'd really condone such a development would be if it incorporated the entire row of rather run-down buildings, perhaps even as far as Grove Terrace....the whole lot could do with a really good make-over. 39 one-bedroom flats and 11 two-bedroom apartments, with 'some affordable housing' says to me that landlords will promptly buy up and let out most of it and that end of town will remain something of a run-down area. And 6 storeys - it seems that now the planners have succeeded in getting their monstrous carbuncle at Waterside built, there's to be no limit to upward development - totally out of place in our open-style country town. And whenever you see architects drawings, they always ignore the downside - the litter, the hangers-around, etc. Then add in the night-time fun; the seagulls who will promptly roost on it's roof; the perceived risk from jumpers....and then the netting to deter both seagulls and suicides. Sorry - out of place and too much. And it's no use hankering after a cinema - that just aint gonna happen, is it?
Out of place, open country town? No to high rise? Bit late for that, look at County Hall, Bedford House, Quantock House, all standing for many a year and all multi storey.

If you want out of place, look at the West Street flats in Bridgwater and its communication aerials.
[quote][p][bold]souwesterly[/bold] wrote: The only way I'd really condone such a development would be if it incorporated the entire row of rather run-down buildings, perhaps even as far as Grove Terrace....the whole lot could do with a really good make-over. 39 one-bedroom flats and 11 two-bedroom apartments, with 'some affordable housing' says to me that landlords will promptly buy up and let out most of it and that end of town will remain something of a run-down area. And 6 storeys - it seems that now the planners have succeeded in getting their monstrous carbuncle at Waterside built, there's to be no limit to upward development - totally out of place in our open-style country town. And whenever you see architects drawings, they always ignore the downside - the litter, the hangers-around, etc. Then add in the night-time fun; the seagulls who will promptly roost on it's roof; the perceived risk from jumpers....and then the netting to deter both seagulls and suicides. Sorry - out of place and too much. And it's no use hankering after a cinema - that just aint gonna happen, is it?[/p][/quote]Out of place, open country town? No to high rise? Bit late for that, look at County Hall, Bedford House, Quantock House, all standing for many a year and all multi storey. If you want out of place, look at the West Street flats in Bridgwater and its communication aerials. swjoduk

4:44pm Tue 10 Dec 13

FreeSpeech? says...

You forgot the flats at the County ground and the monstrosity they call the Viridor HQ over the road.
You forgot the flats at the County ground and the monstrosity they call the Viridor HQ over the road. FreeSpeech?

9:14pm Tue 10 Dec 13

swjoduk says...

County Ground flats are quite nice and I am actually warming to the Viridor building. Better than the 60s buildings.
County Ground flats are quite nice and I am actually warming to the Viridor building. Better than the 60s buildings. swjoduk

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