Work is underway on drawing up detailed plans for Midsomer Norton’s new Town Park, with B&NES Council working in partnership with Midsomer Norton Town Council on the joint project.
The partnership has worked to provide technical advice and support to the consultation process, which was completed on Saturday 8th July.
Residents, stakeholders and interested groups have been giving their views on how the new park, to the south of the River Somer, can meet their needs.
It has been a long held aspiration of the Town Council to create more leisure facilities and link Midsomer Norton to the National Cycle Network.
Work is now focusing on developing a masterplan on which the final design will be based. It will reflect the Town Council’s vision for the Town Park and target a number of key requirements which include enhancing the River Somer, ensuring the land acts as a natural haven for wildlife and providing the town with a much needed event space.
Connections to the National Cycle Network in the park will also offer opportunities for walking, cycling and other healthy exercise alongside an open space the whole community can enjoy – particularly younger people in and around the town.
Councillor Paul Myers (Conservative, Midsomer Norton Redfield), Bath and North East Somerset Council Cabinet Member for Economic and Community Regeneration, and Midsomer Norton Town Mayor, said: “The aim is to create a practical space for people of all ages to use, which respects the land’s existing wildlife, typography and views. This is a unique opportunity to create a park which will be enjoyed for generations to come.”
Funding for the work will be sought from developer contributions held by Bath & North East Somerset Council for green spaces and it is expected that the park will be created in a number of stages.
As the work goes forward, planning applications will be submitted where necessary and the impact of the park on the ecology of the site and on neighbouring property owners will be taken into account. Proposals will be tested for their affordability and feasibility before they are adopted.
Cllr Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip) Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council added: “Working alongside the Town Council, we aim to create a park that becomes a magnet for local people.
“It’s a wonderful location close to the town centre, an ideal space for leisure and recreation and will be able to host large events bringing the community together and attracting visitors.”
Work on drawing up a detailed masterplan for the park is now underway. It will set out the final requirements, taking affordability, feasibility and relative priorities of the proposals into account.
This will provide the basis for a programme of work, with development phased with the availability of funding.
It is anticipated that work will begin on developing the park later this year. subject to planning consent.