The Chamber welcomed Mendip District Council’s (MDC) acquisition of Saxonvale because it gave the opportunity for the site to be developed in the best long-term interests of Frome, the people of Frome and businesses in Frome.
The Chamber has engaged with MDC and with Acorn, the developers, about the current plans. We are pleased that some of the suggestions we made have been adopted, and have improved the scheme. We will continue to engage positively with them to help them deliver a development that meets the needs of Frome. In doing that we recognise that no scheme will be perfect, and that competing interests must be balanced.
However, we will be challenging MDC to be open and transparent about its own commercial interests as landowner, and, as the Saxonvale scheme does not deliver the space for jobs in the town centre in MDC’s Local Plan, which are desperately needed, how MDC will promote and deliver those.