'New homes plan will be permitted' near Asda supermarket in Frome
THE planning consultants behind a 450-home mixed development near the Asda supermarket are confident they will get planning permission for one of the biggest applications to be submitted in Frome for some years.
In a statement, Alder King Planning Consultants, based in Bristol said they had submitted a planning application on behalf of Hallam Land Management Ltd in relation to the 20 hectare site at Southfield Farm, near Frome.
The proposed development seeks outline planning permission for up to 450 dwellings, a new primary and pre-school, open space and play areas, new walking and cycling routes along with new vehicular access via the existing supermarket access road.
Nick Duckworth, director at Hallam Land said: "We are pleased to have submitted our application for this mixed use development on what has been a long standing allocated site in Mendip District Council's Local Plan.
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"When approved, it will deliver a range of quality housing and complementary community facilities."
The outline application was submitted last week and district council planners will only be asked to consider the access to the site in the first instance.
If granted permission, Alder King will then submit a full application at a later date for the rest of the details, which will include the housing, play areas, open space, schools and other amenities, to be decided upon.
Ward councillor Richard Pinnock said the application was no surprise.
He said: "This land has been allocated for housing for a number of years and it is no surprise to me that a planning application has come forward.
"I will be looking at making sure there is suitable green open space for the number of houses proposed and a balance of homes, as there needs to be a provision of affordable houses."
A similar scheme was planned for the site in 2009 by planning agents Pegasus Planning Group, but it is not connected with this fresh application.