There is a hard lesson for Frome in the problems of its neighbour Shepton Mallet. At a recent meeting reported in the Shepton Mallet Journal, it was said that Shepton Mallets market was dying and shops should be turned into houses. Ofcourse Shepton Mallet has a huge supermarket and associated multiple shops and cafes too near to its town centre. The result is shoppers go ot the supermarkets parking area but do not cross the raod to the town centre.
Owners and developers who won't lower shop rents in towns find that if they get permission they can make money from converting premises to houses and selling on or renting - thus killing and burying the town centre and its spirit for ever.
Think hard Frome!
ref Frome and Shepton Mallet and all the other market towns blighted by large and powerful retailers and property developers and confused councillors - the whole concept of the weekly bulk shop is already being replaced by on-line shopping and it will not very very long before the out of town sheds stop being public shopping facilities and will be converted to or demolished and replaced by the large warehouses that will become the depots for the receipt/delivery of the ever increasing home shopping.
I have just seen the interview with Damian Wood.
It was remarkable how he managed to say nothing important. Asked about the development he used the usual developers quote "confidentiality clauses" and dodged other pertinent enquiries with "conducting consultations" . Such consultations are window dressing and seldom lead to substanial change in the developer's plans.
If you want to see their projects look at the link then go to their homepage
I urge people to look at some of the sixties and seventies projects that developers made in other towns. Many of them look jaded disused and don't age well unlike earlier buildings.
We should be cautious ovr any plans brought forward for Saxondale by Frontier Estates -