Chard Regeneration consultation event unveils detailed plans to more than 500 people
Detailed plans for the Boden Mill site in Chard were unveiled to over 500 people that attended a consultation event on the Chard Regeneration Scheme in March.
On Saturday 16 March, South Somerset District Council held its second consultation event regarding the regeneration plans for the town centre, which includes exciting plans to develop the Boden Mill site. This includes; bringing forward a brand new leisure centre and swimming pool, a range of community uses and a blend of housing and commercial developments.
Those that attended the consultation event were given the opportunity to explore the masterplan for the site, to view initial plans of the proposed leisure centre and look at the other proposals that detailed what else could be included.
Initial plans for a library and community hub were also shared, along with plans to ensure the heritage of the site is reflected within the scheme. There was an opportunity to discuss the wider public realm enhancement plans for the town centre alongside the transport and parking provisions that are being considered.
During the event, there was also the opportunity for people to ask and submit questions electronically or leave written comments. Over 100 people left written comments and several emails were received. These have been read by the project team and a list of the key questions that were asked have now been answered and posted online.
Chard Regeneration focuses on revitalising the town centre, including bringing the Boden Mill site back in to use to support the town centre regeneration.
In addition to this, the scheme proposes a number of other measures to boost business in the town, support events and revitalise the market.
SSDC undertook initial consultation on the options for Chard Regeneration Scheme in June to September 2018, including a launch event where over 500 residents attended, together with other consultation events and activities over the summer.
Jeb Farrah, Chard Regeneration Project Manager, said: “Over 1,000 people have engaged with our two consultation events so far and we are pleased that residents and interested parties are taking a keen interest in our plans to regenerate Chard.
“From the very beginning of this project, we have always been keen to get the views of a wide variety of user groups and the comments we received have helped us to shape designs going forward. We have answered questions that were put to us at the recent consultation event and hope that they have given more information about the scheme that people want to know about.”
Those that could not attend the event in March can view the exhibition boards and a flythrough of the architects sketches online at www.southsomerset.gov.uk/chardregeneration.
What happens now?
The Project team have taken account of stakeholder and public feedback and are now working on the planning application that will be submitted in the next few weeks.