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Exhibition of Freshford Mill Proposals - 15th October, 4.30 to 10pm

posted 27 Sept 2014, 03:11 by Parish Council Communications
Freshford Mill has very recently been purchased by local Turleigh based company Environ Communities Ltd. The site has been derelict for a number of years with the original developer going in to administration. 

Many residents have expressed their concerns that the scheme as partially built to date is not of sufficient quality in terms of design and that there are various issues that need to be resolved. In response to two particular concerns Environ is proposing to fund two traffic calming schemes as set out in the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and to introduce flood defences combined with additional flood storage areas. Another part of Environ’s proposals is to make the island available as a nature reserve for the primary school.

Residents will no doubt appreciate that the complications associated with such a site make the viability extremely difficult which is why the site has remained derelict for so long. Environ has therefore re-designed the scheme taking into consideration the  constraints of the previous development and wishes to consult with residents. The detailed mix of the scheme as proposed has changed but the number of units remains as 21. 

Environ are arranging an exhibition at Freshford Village Memorial Hall on 15th October from 4.30 to 10.00 pm.  The exhibition will enable residents to view the proposals and learn more about the history of Freshford Mill which has been fundamental in the growth of Freshford through the ages and is well worth saving.

Environ representatives will be on hand to explain the scheme and answer questions. There will be comment sheets that will be assessed after the exhibition and the views expressed will be carefully considered and discussed with representatives of the Parish Council before a planning application is submitted.

Environ look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition and to entering into a meaningful dialogue. For those not able to attend the exhibition, Tony Dowse, Environ Chairman, who can be contacted on 01225 864429, has kindly agreed to provide an individual briefing.