Mixed reaction to plans to rejuvenate Saxonvale in Frome
A 25,000SQ FT supermarket – which won't be a Tesco – a 35-bedroom hotel, an element of free parking, cafes restaurants and lots of shops is what residents can expect from the newly unveiled Saxonvale plans – plus a couple of hundred new homes.
The plans were unveiled at two public consultation meetings held at the Archangel by Milton Keynes-based Frontier Estates property developers on Wednesday and Saturday.
Just over 250 people went along to view the plans and so far reaction has been mixed.
Concerns were raised about the increased traffic along the A362, Portway and Christ Church Street East, the amount of shops and the layout of the scheme.
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Some visitors to the consultation said they were happy with the size of the supermarket, the open space and encouraged that a hotel has been included in the plans.
The developers, lead by project director Damian Wood, said they were pleased with the feedback so far and would take on board the comments.
Mr Wood said: "The level of interest in the proposals has delighted us; around 250 people came along to meet the team and view the proposals at our drop-in events at the Archangel. Feedback from the public is important, and we have been very encouraged by the level and range of views received so far. There is still time for residents to let us know their views, and we urge them to view the proposals online and submit their feedback before the closing date on Friday October 4.
"With regards to the supermarket and which national retailer will be coming to the town, we can't say at the moment.
"But what we can say is that two large chains are in discussion with us, neither of which is Tesco – we want to make that clear.
"This scheme is going to benefit the town and we want residents to help shape it."
The site includes indicative plans for the whole of the Saxonvale site, with what looks like a couple of hundred homes planned for the Bristol-based developers Terramond's land and also a self-build project on the town council-owned site, which currently houses the FETE centre.
Frontier plan to move the FETE centre to a second floor building near the Silk Mill.
An outline planning application will be submitted in October and the developers hope to be on the site by the end of 2014.