Frome town centre development proposals approved

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Plans to transform the centre of a Somerset town have been given the go-ahead.

Mendip District councillors approved the multi-million pound proposals, for Saxonvale and Garsdale in Frome.

The plans include about 300 to 350 new homes, 5,000 square metres of retail space, offices, car parks and changes to roads.

The chairman of Frome Town Council's planning committee said the town needed to move forward.

The site is mainly derelict and the plans include renovating existing buildings and building new ones.

'Constrained for space'

Damon Hooton, chairman of the town's planning committee, said people had expressed concerns including retaining existing listed buildings, and whether the scheme would fit with the town.

He said it would need to be ensured that the buildings were right for Frome.

"We need to do something with the centre of Frome. We are very constrained for space except this area...it's the obvious place to do it," he said.

"Frome must move forward, we've got 27,000 residents now, we are growing, the fourth largest town in Somerset. Do we need it? Absolutely we do.

"I would say this is going to be the biggest development in Frome possibly for the next 20 to 25 years," he added.

The plans were submitted by developer Terramond, based in Bristol.

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