Posted: 04.05.21 at 18:29 by The Editor
Mayday Saxonvale is to hold a public consultation of their Alternative Plan for the Saxonvale site on 14th (2pm-7pm) and 15th May (10am-4pm) at the Silk Mill, Merchants Barton, Frome.
The community of Frome are invited to meet the architects, Andrew Kirby Architects Ltd, alongside other members of the design team, learn about the alternative plan, and share their views of the plans and the use of the Saxonvale site.
Architect Andrew Kirby said: “We believe that real ‘place making’ comes from communities, not blanket developments. There is an alternative plan for Saxonvale, which we believe should be for the community. Being able to meet and discuss our alternative plan for Saxonvale, will help us shape the final Masterplan.
"Our alternative plan will provide a transformative level of sustainable homes, public realm and commercial space to generate jobs and affordable living in Frome town centre. As a not for profit organisation, keeping all profits within the site, Frome will benefit from a wide range of community facilities, including a new site for St. John’s school, a public riverside lido, playpark, and a central square to create a truly ‘place making’ extension to the town centre.”
The final Mayday Masterplan, is scheduled for submission for outline planning approval in June 2021 and will offer at least 40% affordable housing, (compared to Acorn’s 21.5%), well above the minimum requirement set out from Mendip District Council in Frome’s Local Plan.
Paul Oster, Mayday Saxonvale Director said: "Acorn Property Group is yet to be awarded full planning consent for the site, and their plan fundamentally fails to deliver Mendip District Council’s own plan for the commercial space and affordable housing that Frome needs.
"Acorn's plan offers a minimal provision of commercial space, far below what is required for the site and the town centre to generate jobs in Frome. Saxonvale is our last opportunity to develop employment opportunities in the town centre. We do not expect that such a non-compliant plan will ultimately be implemented.
"Mayday Saxonvale is now in a position to submit full outline planning permission, and to therefore provide Frome and Mendip District Council with a fully viable alternative to the Acorn scheme. We want to ensure Frome can have the Saxonvale development it deserves."