Planning for Frome’s Future: Draft Neighbourhood Plan

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan for Frome has been submitted to Mendip District Council

To view a copy of the submitted plan and accompanying documents click here.

Frome Town Council has been leading the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Frome. This work is part of a new approach to the development of the town. It will enable the community of Frome to take greater control of the type and scale of development and land use in the future.

The Draft Plan which can be viewed here has already been through public consultation and the overwhelming majority of respondents have supported it. Work is now proceeding to prepare the Plan for submission to Mendip District Council in August 2014. The District Council will ultimately be responsible for taking the Neighbourhood Plan to a local referendum. A ‘yes’ vote will lead to the Plan becoming part of the Development Plan for Mendip District and will have to be taken into account when planning applications are received.

The focus of the Plan

The Plan has a particular focus on:-

Encouraging small businesses to start and grow – Our aim is to ensure that the right premises, sites and other infrastructure is in place to support the start-up and growth of local businesses and employment. This will be achieved through policies that protect the existing valuable employment land in the town and enable additional employment land to come forward.

Enabling people to build their own homes, live more affordably in a more energy efficient way and play a more active part in the community – One of the key objectives is to support the delivery of housing to meet the demand of a growing population. This will be achieved through policies that:-

  • provide or contribute to a mix of housing tenures, types and sizes to help support the creation of mixed, balanced and inclusive communities
  • are quality design developments, providing energy efficient homes
  • make provision for self-build and community-build housing

Making it easier for people to get around the town on foot and by bicycle – some of the key objectives are to give priority in the Town Centre to pedestrians and cyclists and to open up the River Corridor for cross-town cycle and pedestrian access.

Regenerating the town centre – so that it functions better as a place to live, work, meet, shop and visit – our aim is to develop an attractive centre that is pedestrian and cyclist friendly and encourages people to visit, shop, invest, live and work there.

Making the most of the River Frome corridor as an environmental and recreational asset – our aim is that the river corridor will be seen as the central open space in the town’s network of green infrastructure with a string of inter-connected open spaces for visitors and residents to enjoy.

Ensuring future development does not damage Frome’s unique character – consultation feedback confirms that the historic architecture and urban design of the town is considered by the local community to be an asset of considerable value that should be protected. This will be achieved through policies that will:-

  • enhance the important arrival points within the town, including the railway station.
  • protect the important views across the town

To view a film on the Neighbourhood Plan click here (add link – see existing website)

How the Plan was developed

You can read all about how the plan was developed by clicking here.

Further information

For further information on the Plan and the work the Town Council is doing to plan for Frome’s future, please contact Jane Llewellyn, Planning & Development Officer at or on 01373 475578