A step forward

The controversial planning application which would lead to the loss of the riverside path was deferred last night by Mendip Planning Board until the applicants, Family Sutton Solutions, obtain retrospective planning permission for the unauthorized demolition of a barn. This demolition infringes an earlier planning condition. The have also damaged a neighbor’s property and bulldozed the fragile wetland area, but these issues were not part of the decision.

What’s left of the barn

During the two-hour discussion many members of the Planning Board expressed concerns about the potential loss of the path and the fact that FSS had obstructed it. Several Councillors suggested imposing additional planning conditions to require the path , but in the event these were not necessary since the application was deferred.

This does not resolve the issue of the path, but it sends a powerful signal to FSS of the strength of local opposition to their attempt to privatise the riverbank. They must now realise that their existing plans are unlikely to receive approval without conceding that the access to the river is a crucial planning issue in this case.

4 Replies to “A step forward”

  1. Fantastic news about the river path. It is so important to have access to the river and its surroundings as it winds its way through the town.

  2. I’m here to write to you how I observe and feel when I walk along the River Frome Pathway, in hoping that you will all understand the importance of making sure it’s open and shared by the whole community.

    I love walking along this footpath, where there’s constant music from the river and birds. The trees are there to guarantee fresh air for me to breathe; the brambles and grass: the home of wild rabbits and other beasties. Nature silently embraces everything: it is inclusive and selfless. That’s why we need laws that are compatible to its beautiful quality!

  3. Thank you for all your efforts on this.
    FSS are obviously prepared ‘to do as they like’.
    They have broken several rules so far.
    The path and damage to a neighbours property plus the wetland area damage is unacceptable.
    Frome is a lovely place and we need to preserve it.

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