Mayday Saxonvale feel the current plans aren’t suitable

Damon Moore, director at The Silk Mill said: “If the District Council annul the contract with Acorn and agree to a conditional option on the site at developed value, the Silk Mill is ready and willing to fund a full planning application based on this draft masterplan proposal.

“We hope that our local politicians will adopt an open mind regarding this very worthwhile initiative and are calling for our District Councillors to disengage with Acorn’s anti-democratic application.”

What does the plan say?

The draft masterplan on the Mayday Saxonvale website reads: “There is no reason why communities should not take the lead in these scenarios either in partnership with house builders or by forming their own not-for-profit development companies giving them a competitive advantage.

“We hope the Mayday alternative masterplan can provide a template for the town in our ability to fend off inappropriate redevelopment whilst meeting new home quotas and planning targets.

“This is perfectly achievable and rational given the way developers seek to erode planning policies in the way we have seen Acorn attempting during their Saxonvale application.

Artists impression of the Acorn plan for the Saxonvale regeneration scheme
Artists impression of the Acorn plan for the Saxonvale regeneration scheme

“All of the different sections of Andrew Kirby Architects draft masterplan are now complete and have been drafted on the basis of understanding this site as a part of our wonderful town and give an opportunity for people to have a say in how the site could be developed to meet local needs and play its part in addressing the climate emergency.

“The masterplan brings development forward as a series of ‘quarters’ with a variety of uses complimentary to the towns needs. This involves residential, self/custom build, a new school, business incubation/start-up units, mixed-use live/work units, heritage and public/cultural uses – all connected up with strong ‘pedestrian priority’ public realm.

The area in question
The area in question

“The plan proposes to retain and upgrade existing buildings and historic features, retaining the industrial identity of the site and repurposing buildings to boost Frome’s independent and entrepreneurial character.

“The relocation of St John’s School and distribution of community resources including affordable homes at a quantum never before seen in the Mendip region will create strong ‘place making’ qualities and exemplar sustainable credentials to address the Climate Emergency.”

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