What is the Yeovil Refresh project?
The Yeovil Refresh project aims to create a town centre that will be a vibrant place to live, work, shop, learn and visit. Working with consultants and key partners, South Somerset District Council has been exploring how it can best invest in Yeovil’s future.
Consultation events were held in 2018 to help us identify priority projects. Here’s a recap of what you told us:
- You'd like to see the main high streets kept clean and better kept with nicer planters and other greenery, while keeping the streets from being too cluttered.
- You'd like to see improvements in vehicular and pedestrian access into the heart of Yeovil for locals and visitors
- There are concerns about some vehicle access to parts of the town centre (in particular on Middle Street)
- You'd like to make the town's open areas more appealing, using the space that is available to encourage visitors.
From the feedback obtained, the following priority projects were set:
- Assessing further pedestrianisation of parts of Middle Street.
- The creation of a Public Realm Design Guide to help shape the use and look of open spaces in the town centre
- An assessment of access to the town centre
- A review of car parks in Yeovil (assessing current and future provision, cycle parking, electric charging points and more)
What are the latest developments?
In July 2019, a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) was implemented as part of the Yeovil Refresh regeneration work. The TRO reduces the overall amount of vehicles travelling into the town centre via the High Street and relocates some of the disabled bays outside of Marks & Spencer to help with the pedestrianisation of Middle Street.
In the summer of 2019, the initial designs for the public realm enhancements (the public areas and the way they look) for the town centre were released for people to give their feedback.
The public consultation carried out was very well responded to and it gave us plenty to think about in terms of the final designs. We are now making good progress resolving a range of issues, which also takes into consideration the publics opinions and we therefore would expect to start on site with some of the public realm works in the early part of summer 2020.
In December 2019, a consultation for you to have your say on the Public Realm Design guide and Shopfront guides was launched. This consultation is seeking your views on the documents as a formal element of their adoption as planning policy documents. You can read more and have your say until Monday 27 January on our consultation pages.
In March 2020, the Public Realm Design Guide was approved and adopted by the council. The Yeovil Public Realm Design Guide is a key foundation in the work to deliver the Yeovil Refresh. It creates a template for any building project that happens in Yeovil town centre, which includes projects that the council is planning to deliver in the main streets.
In accordance with the Town & Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, we must now publish a Statutory Adoption Notice that gives anyone the opportunity to appeal the decision..
Yeovil Refresh projects will be delivered over a 4 to 5 year programme with an early priority given to the initial priority projects above.
Have a question or something to say about the Yeovil Refresh Project? Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and an appropriate officer will reply.
11 JUL 2019 - Have your say on the future look of Yeovil town centre
19 FEB 2018 - Official Launch for ‘Yeovil Refresh’