Your views could help shape future development of Frome
A PUBLIC consultation begins next week after a plan for the future development of Frome was drafted.
The Neighbourhood Plan has been developed to enable the town to pursue a new approach to development.
It will enable the community to take greater control of the type and scale of development and land use.
The plan has been built around the outcomes of the Vision4Frome Community Plan 2008-28, which followed an extensive public consultation, and sets out what residents said they want to see happen in the town now and in the future.
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The plan has a particular focus on encouraging small businesses to start and grow; enable people to build their own homes; make it easier for people to get around the town on foot and by bicycle; regenerate the town centre so that it functions better as a place to live, work, meet, shop and visit; remodel the Market Place; make the most of the River Frome corridor as an environmental and recreational asset; and ensuring future development does not damage the town's character.
A town council spokeswoman said: "Our aim is to develop an attractive centre that is pedestrian and cycle friendly and encourages people to visit, shop, invest, live and work there.
"Along with the remodelling of the Market Place, one of the key factors in regenerating the town will be the redevelopment of Saxonvale. The plan includes policy that the redevelopment of Saxonvale should seek to achieve the overall vision for the redevelopment of the site based on the 2005 planning brief. Bringing forward a unique community-led development."
The public consultation will run for six weeks, from October 28 until December 8.
The draft plan can be viewed online at www.frome-tc.gov.uk together with details on how to comment.