Progress and Timeline
Acorn are focusing on finalising the reserved matters application for the mixed-use development. Keen to create a new sense of place as early as possible, the first phase will prioritise the public open space, park facilities, footpaths and footbridge to connect with Rodden Meadow.
The S106 has been signed (contract between the developer and Local Authority that enables outline planning permission to be officially issued to Acorn) securing circa £2m contributions for the local community that will include:
72 affordable homes
£1.1m education contribution - provision of additional school places, improving early years education facilities and First School Education
Design and install new footbridge to Willow Vale
Provision of riverside park/public realm to include a Local Equipped Area for Play (LEAP)
£700K highway improvements to Gorehedge and Garsdale Roundabout
Following extensive consultations, planning permission has now been granted with outline plans approved to transform this 10-acre brownfield site into a sustainable new neighbourhood of 300 new homes of which 72 will be affordable, along with 45,000 sq ft of commercial space. Balfour Beatty have been engaged by Mendip District Council to carry out limited enabling works to pave the way for development to commence.
The former industrial site has laid empty for over a decade, becoming a vacant eye sore for Frome Town. Following the purchase of the site by Mendip District Council and subsequent partnership with Acorn Property Group, the exciting redevelopment of this long-derelict site will bring a vibrant mixed-use neighbourhood to life along the banks of the river Frome.
We want to hear from you
The redevelopment of Saxonvale is an exciting opportunity to deliver a dynamic new scheme to suit the current and future needs of a growing community. If you have any comments or questions, please fill out the form, or email us.