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The South West


Reimagining Places and Spaces in Somerset


The regeneration of Saxonvale, a 10-acre brownfield site in Frome, will see the delivery of a high-quality bespoke residential led mixed-use development; offering new homes, a variety of commercial spaces including offices, live-work units and other commercial space.


The design also includes retention of the former mill building, a riverside-park, public realm and a replacement public car park. Taking the historic setting of Frome as its starting point, the scheme will be a vibrant new extension to the already successful Frome town centre, with a new mixed-use cultural quarter with views over the River Frome.


Voted the best place to live in the UK 2018 by The Sunday Times, Frome is a charming historic town. Boasting streets full of independent shops in the diverse and creative St Catherine’s artisan quarter, consisting of Catherine Hill, Palmer Street, Paul Street, Stony Street.


The beautiful winding streets offer plenty from designer-makers, vintage specialists, craft suppliers, cafes and more.


In other good news, Glastonbury is also set for a boost following the Government’s announcement that Mendip District Council is to act as the lead authority in pioneering plans to transform the town centre, as part of its Town Deal initiative.


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A £140,000 grant has been made available to kick-start consultations within the local community, to bring together a Town Deal Board, and to help develop an investment plan for the town.


News of the grant cash, to cover governance costs and arrangements, was revealed in the Government’s recently published Towns Fund Prospectus, which highlighted the 100 places chosen to pioneer Town Deals including Glastonbury.


The Town Deal initiative is designed to ‘level up’ all parts of the country, by regenerating town centres and key employment sites to boost businesses, improve infrastructure and encourage enterprise. Glastonbury can bid for up to £25 million of the Government’s £3.6 billion Town’s Fund pot. The cash can also be used to redevelop vacant buildings and land, and drive private sector investment.


For more information about these and other exciting opportunities in Somerset, get in touch by emailing economy@mendip.gov.uk.


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