Councillor Adam Boyden

Somerset County Councillor for Frome North and Mendip District Councillor for Frome College ward (Lib Dem) Learn more

Plans to expand Commerce Park held up over noise and other concerns

by adamboyden on 19 April, 2022

The planning application to develop the last vacant plots on the south side of the Commerce Park for 61 small business units (B2/B8 units with ancillary office space, in nine buildings), and a single industrial building (in two 15,000 sq.ft. units) was deferred for up to three months at last week’s Mendip District Council Planning Board.

This is after the Coalway Lane Residents Association and I and other councillors raised several concerns, including potential noise impact and the need for measures to improve active travel connections and sustainability. Planning Board members agreed that time was needed to address these – please see here. Effectively this sends the planning application back to the developer and MDC planning department to address the concerns raised, to either revise the application or develop suitable planning controls to protect the residents. The press have also picked up on this, with an article from local democracy report Daniel Mumby here.

Please send me any comments and concerns to I look forward to working with the CLRA, residents, other councillors and the applicant’s team to hopefully improve on the proposals and address residents’ and the Town Council’s reasonable concerns.

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  1. Dominick Brett says:

    Thanks again for your work on this Adam. I have already raised my concerns and objections about this issue and I would like to do so again regarding the further development of the commerce park.

    My main concerns continue to be around increased noise, initially to develop the site and then the possibility of noise at night. This would be completely unacceptable and would have an adverse effect on everyone living nearby The previous planning agreement protected the area from this and nothing has changed in that regard as far as residents are concerned and should not be allowed.

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