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Redevelopment of Saxonvale

Mendip District Council is determined to invest in Frome's future and as such we have taken a bold and unusual move in buying the long-time empty site in Frome Town Centre locally known as Saxonvale for regeneration.

The Council has purchased two adjacent plots of land that were owned by Notts Industries and Terramond, which combined amounts to around 9.2 acres of land. 

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 As the successful bidders for the land the Council plan to facilitate the development of the derelict site in the district to achieve a high quality regeneration that will be a credit to Frome and will include the creation of homes, commercial premises and public realm, whilst also generating capital and commercial returns for the local authority.

This regeneration project is at a very early stage, and we will be updating this page as progress is made.  You can subscribe to receive updates to this page by registering to the Mendip District Council website and at the bottom of this page click on 'subscribe to this page'.

We have developed some frequently asked questions that we hope will answer some of your questions, we will also adding to these as the project progresses.

For more information or if you have any questions please email saxonvale@mendip.gov.uk.

Last modified: 06 August 2018
  • Q:

    How much did this cost the Council?

    A:

    The Council has been advised by Cushman & Wakefield, an expert firm of property advisers, in the acquisition of the site. Cushman & Wakefield have advised that the terms and conditions are in line with the market, and reflect the opportunity that the site presents. The remainder of the details are commercially sensitive.

  • Q:

    Did you use any consultants to come to the decision to buy the site?

    A:

    Yes, Cushman & Wakefield supported the Council in the acquisition of the site, and will advise the Council on ensuring the site is delivered successfully.

  • Q:

    When will the building work commence?

    A:

    The building work will commence once a detailed planning consent for the site has been obtained. Pre-construction work are likely to start over the coming months.

  • Q:

    What is going to be built on the site?

    A:

    It is too early to say exactly what will be built on the site, but we envisage a range of residential and commercial uses.

  • Q:

    How do we get more information about this work?

    A:

    The Council has set up a section on its website which can be found here www.mendip.gov.uk/saxonvalue. This page will be updated as the project progresses. You can subscribe to receive updates to this webpage by registering to the Mendip District Council website and at the bottom of the page click on 'subscribe to this page'.

  • Q:

    Are you in contact with Frome Town Council and Somerset County Council?

    A:

    Yes, we are in contact with both Frome Town Council and Somerset County Council.

  • Q:

    How much affordable housing will there be?

    A:

    The Council would like to see affordable housing provided and this will be addressed as part of the planning process.

  • Q:

    Will this affect Merchants Barton car park?

    A:

    The current intention is that the Council's existing landholdings, including Merchant's Barton car park, will be included in the regeneration scheme to allow us to provide the best possible outcome for Frome. We will seek to re-provide any lost car parking.

  • Q:

    Will the site be secured?

    A:

    Yes, to ensure safety to the public, we have secured the site and have a contractor who will monitor the site 24/7.

  • Q:

    Why are we doing this?

    A:

    The Council has had a long term ambition to see this key regeneration site delivered. The purchase of the site is to ensure the site is delivered and to a quality that does justice for Frome.

  • Q:

    What are the aims?

    A:

    We would like to see a high quality scheme that Frome can be proud of and adds to the vitality of the Town.

  • Q:

    How will it be funded? Will that impact on my Council tax?

    A:

    There are several sources of public or private finance which will all be considered at the appropriate time. The Council expects the project to make a financial return so council taxes will not need to rise as a result of this project.

  • Q:

    What progress has been made so far?

    A:

    The Council has now successfully acquired the site and is keen to ensure the development is delivered as quickly as possible.

  • Q:

    What green space will we have?

    A:

    We expect that the scheme design will provide amenity space for the town, and this will be explored as part of the planning process.

  • Q:

    What about congestion in Frome?

    A:

    The Council will ensure that roads can cope with any additional traffic the scheme generates, and will therefore consult closely with the highways authority during the design and planning stages.

  • Q:

    Will you use compulsory purchase?

    A:

    There are no plans to use compulsory purchase.

  • Q:

    How many houses are planned?

    A:

    We believe that the scheme can help provide much needed homes for the town and the district, at this stage, it is not possible to say how many homes could be delivered

  • Q:

    How will the development link with the town centre to contribute to its vitality?

    A:

    Through the inclusion of the Council's existing landholding we are confident that an attractive link into / towards the town centre can be provided, and again this will be an important part of the design and planning stages.

  • Q:

    How will new people coming to Frome access schools, GPs etc.

    A:

    Mendip District Council consults with education and health bodies when preparing its Local Plan and provides regular updates on housing coming forward.