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Frome Town Council has produced Town Design Statement for Frome. This outlines the important features of Frome to be protected and includes a number of guidelines relating to design.

You can find more detail below on the content of the document.

The Frome Town Design Statement (as proposed to be modified) was adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2012 at Full Council on 22 October 2015.

The Town Design Statement, proposed modifications and associated documents are below:

Frome Design Statement October 2015 [13.29MB]
Adoption statement [70.87KB]
Strategic Environmental Assessment screening statement Frome Town Design Statement [96.76KB]
Summary of consultation responses and proposed modifications [185.02KB]
Report to council [219.4KB]
Full council minutes [377.29KB]

What is the Frome Town Design Statement

The aim of the Frome Town Design Statement is to:

  • give a detailed guide to the character of the town
  • identify the specific nature of the buildings and landscape that make Frome distinctive
  • set out recommendations on how to encourage new development of high quality design that enhances and complements what already exists

It complements policies within the Adopted Mendip Local Plan Part 1 (2006 to 2029). Specifically providing a more detailed framework to guide development in Frome, encouraging regeneration and enhancement as outlined in Core Policy 6: Frome Town Strategy. Additionally, it seeks to provide further guidance on design in the Frome area, providing additional local guidance in line with Core Policy DP7: Design and Amenity of New Development.

What is included in the Frome Town Design Statement

It includes general design guidelines (in Section 5) which it states should be considered for any new development within the town, whether it is:

  • a repair
  • refurbishment
  • regeneration
  • a development project

The purpose of the guidelines is to safeguard local character and to encourage sensitive, high quality design and manage change to encourage regeneration and enhancement. Not to prevent it. The guidelines include recommendations on the following issues:

  • Quality of the environment – visibility, scale, roofscapes, infill, density, parking
  • Landscape (soft and hard) – settlement edges, river corridor, green spaces, trees, boundaries, gardens, landscape schemes, lighting, signs, public art, open space
  • Building Design – lines, frontages, roofs, materials, shop fronts
  • Conservation Area – Frome Conservation Area appraisal and management proposals, listed buildings
  • Sustainability – land use, siting of development, design, amenity spaces, flexibility, resource use, sustainable drainage
  • Movement and Transport – legibility and signs, pedestrian crossings, town centre ‘shared space’, accessibility, parking, traffic effects of development, pedestrian and cycle routes, railway station gateway, public transport hub, gateways
  • Large-scale development – development briefs, variety of house types, grouping of houses
  • General development – local distinctiveness, settlement pattern, Design and Access Statement, building styles, innovative design, appropriate uses, demonstrating design quality, community involvement

It also identifies 27 character areas (in Section 6), and within each character area the distinctive features and main issues are identified, including things such as layout, landscape and open space, townscape and materials, as well as special features such as historic buildings.

It also lists the general guidelines most applicable to the zone along with a number of zone-specific guidelines.

Last reviewed: April 17, 2024 by Keri

Next review due: October 17, 2024

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