Frome means ‘fast flowing water’ which underlies the town’s strong relationship with the river. With springs providing fresh water and the river providing power Frome developed as a medieval market town an early industrial centre for the cloth trade, and latterly a centre for metalwork and printing.
The local topography of meandering river, flood meadows, and steep slopes through urban areas creates a unique and identifiable character with cobbled streets, retaining walls and roof-top views across the town.
This rich history is well preserved through the built environment with a significant number of Listed buildings including churches, industrial buildings,and some of the oldest worker housing in the country.
A full heritage assessment of the site has been undertaken, has influenced the proposals and will accompany any future planning application.
Frome has some of the oldest worker housing in the country in the Selwood and Trinity areas of the town. These include a housing type called a ‘Barton’.
These are typified by terraces of housing with narrow streets and enclosed gardens to the rear. The roads are typically too narrow to enable on street parking and so rear courtyards have been repurposed to provide enclosed parking courts.
With reduced vehicle traffic in front of the houses roads are safer for pedestrians, cyclists and doorstep-play. We have reinterpreted this model within our proposals creating attractive streets that prioritise active travel and play with functional on-plot parking to the rear where electric vehicles can be charged from a domestic supply, something that cannot easily be done to the front of properties without adopting a traditional ‘estate’ layout, which we would like to avoid.
Retaining walls are a frequent feature in in the town. They are a direct response to the steep topography and the commercial requirement to create access routes and developable land.
We have interpreted this in our proposals creating a ‘contoured avenue’ running through the site which incorporates a retaining wall structure
- reminiscent of the raised pavements on Catherine Hill or Ha-Ha (an historic landscapes feature such as that in Marston Park).
Whilst we hope most people will be able to access this information online, a printed version of the consultation can be viewed by appointment at Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome, BA11 1DN for the duration of the consultation period.
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