The new Local Plan, what is its vision for Frome? Report 2

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By LoveFrome | Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 10:00

The Local Plan contains a vision of how Frome will be in 16 years time, by 2028. This is the District Council's view of the town. The policies in the Plan aim to create this new improved town for us. What do you think? Is it visionary enough, or unworkable?

Here is the text from the document;

"In 2028 Frome residents have access to a wider range of jobs locally which has led to a reduction in the level of commuting out of the town. Commerce Park is now fully occupied and additional sites within the existing built up area provide offices and workshop space allowing employees to travel to work without the need to use a car.

Having secured a permanent home, the FETE project is contributing to a better skilled local workforce. The improved and extended facilities at Frome College have allowed new teaching specialities (including Further Education courses) to emerge which equip young people with knowledge and skills that are valued by a range of local businesses.

Local business is also more confident due to the help and advice now being offered by Business Support enterprises and work hubs. Local people have access to a good range and choice of housing which better reflects their needs rather than the demand from the other parts of the sub-region.

The location of most recent housing development has been in the town's built up area making use of a good supply of previously developed land although in a manner sensitive to the town's built heritage. Land to the south east of the town was set aside in response to concerns about the intensity of brownfield redevelopment. This land has delivered exemplar development of well designed zero carbon homes and community facilities, including a new school and extensive open space meeting a range of recreation needs. These areas are also well connected to the other parts of the town through well conceived foot and cycle links including crossings of the railway and the river.

Within the town centre, the Saxonvale area and the recently completed redevelopment of the Westway Centre now mean that residents and communities nearby meet almost all of their shopping needs in the town, particularly fashions and other high quality goods that people previously travelled to Bath to buy. These redeveloped areas also offer a wider range of restaurants and social venues, including a larger cinema, making Frome an attractive destination for a good night out, whilst a hotel, within easy walking distance of the town centre, provides for guests.

The environment of the wider town centre is also improved. As well as new public spaces in the redeveloped shopping areas, the Market Place has been remodelled to favour people over cars so that most drivers choose other routes around the town. These alterations have enabled the market to return to the heart of the town centre and grow in turn drawing in even more shoppers and visitors.

Local people now consider the river as an asset to the town. On the river banks around the Market Yard and the Westway Centre, the channel has now been softened and integrated with the redeveloped shopping area to offer a pleasant setting for people to linger, enjoy a bite to eat or meet with friends. The wider river initiative, underpinned by local groups, landowners and public bodies, has seen it emerge as the spine of a well connected open space network which encourages more active lifestyles, travel by foot and bicycle, as well as being wildlife corridors in their own right.    More widely, the quality of open spaces in the town has improved through the use of a dedicated fund contributed to by new development schemes."

To comment on the Local Plan you can contact officers via the customer services team on (01749) 648999 or by email at orgdev@mendip.gov.uk. If more suitable for you to drop into the Council's offices at Shepton Mallet, please ring to arrange an appointment.

The Consultation period will run between 22nd November 2012 and 17th January 2013.

      

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