Controversial plans to demolish Frome garages for two new homes approved

By James Smith

13th May 2024 | Local News

An artist's impression of the proposed homes (image via planning application)
An artist's impression of the proposed homes (image via planning application)

Plans to demolish a row of Frome garages to make way for two new homes have been given the green light.

Crossman Acquisitions has been granted planning permission to knock down the 16 garages and build a pair of semi-detached homes behind 12 Locks Hill.

The plans were met with 20 objections from locals, with concerns around loss of light, noise, parking and the height of the properties all raised.

One local wrote: "The proposed building stretches the entire width of my property and will overshadow my garden and south facing windows completely. 

"Secondly, and more importantly, there will be a severe loss of light to my South-facing windows caused by the second storey and, more crucially, the third storey of the proposed houses. 

"This will have a deeply negative impact on my life and mental health. I propose the application be withdrawn."

Frome Town Council ultimately decided not to object to the application, after the scheme was slightly altered to reduce the height of the buildings.

The council's note on the application insisted the developer "works with residents at number 14 and number 16 to address their concerns over planting and landscaping, to develop a scheme that suits the needs of neighbours as well as future residents".

Seven notices of support were also submitted to the application.

"Frome has a shortage of housing, and this could help to address the issue using currently dilapidated land," one supporter wrote. 

"The new homes are in keeping with the houses located in Portway Gardens and Newland Gardens which sit directly adjacent to the proposed development, contributing to the local area.

"I note the height issues raised by previous objections have now been addressed so this application has my full support."

Somerset Council eventually approved the amended application.

See the full application here.

     

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