Town Park – a step nearer
The Town Council successfully applied for a change of use with the Local Planning Authority in 2014 and completed the purchase of the land to the south of the River Somer in February 2016. Detailed planning permission to create the Park will be sought as the project evolves and conditions on the change of use covering drainage, ecology and soil condition will be addressed. It is likely that a project management service will be sought in a competitive tendering exercise to take the work forward including undertaking the required surveys and the necessary planning permissions along with designing the elements of the Park.
We now want to consult with as many people and groups who might use the Park. The Town Council is committed to developing a Park that meets the needs of our community, of the communities surrounding the town and of groups with a specific interest in the project.
The formal consultation process began in April 2017 at the Annual Town Meeting when electors in Midsomer Norton were invited to put forward their views. The Town Council’s vision for the Park is is at the core of us seeking views from the community on the emerging plans for the Park.
Once we have consulted all stakeholders we plan to run a final consultation event in July 2017 in conjunction with the town’s Annual Fayre, part of which will be held on the Park site. The outcomes of the event in July will be developed into a Masterplan for the park which will set out the final requirements taking affordability, feasibility and relative priorities in to account. The Masterplan will form the formal requirement on which development work will be based along with planning applications where necessary.
The Town Council’s Vision for the Park
A practical, affordable and inspirational space which is a valued community asset that enhances the land’s topography, views and wildlife.
- The park should enhance the River Somer and Conservation Area
- It should provide an event space and attract visitors
- It should be a natural haven for wildlife
- It should provide a connection between communities and offer walking, cycling and other healthy exercise
- It should be a place for younger people to enjoy
Pictured above are Town Mayor, Cllr Paul Myers, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Steve Plumley and Town Clerk, Clive Stilwell on the land being considered for an events space.