South Road redevelopment plans – local councillors comment

Bath and North East Somerset Council has announced that a preferred developer has been selected to build a new retail-food store on the site of the town’s South Road car park.

Conservative councillors in the town have welcomed the news, having put pressure on B&NES Council to secure more investment in the town centre whilst maintaining free parking as part of any plans.

Councillor Michael Evans (Cons, Midsomer Norton North), commented:

“I am very pleased to see that B&NES has listened to our demand that at least three hours’ free parking must be a condition of any development. We promised to fight to protect free parking in Midsomer Norton and we will continue to do so.

“It’s also good news that B&NES and the Town Council will be working together to ensure there is a ‘business as usual’ plan during building work, including re-providing parking spaces during construction.

“However, this is just the start of a detailed planning process, and it is absolutely essential that local residents are fully engaged and properly consulted over the proposals and designs before they are granted final approval.”

Cllr Chris Watt (Cons, Midsomer Norton Redfield) added:

“We’re delighted that B&NES is finally taking forward a proposal which has been championed by local Conservatives for several years. These plans will give a real boost to the local economy by creating jobs and increasing footfall on the High Street. It will also enable significant investment in local projects, such as the long-awaited Town Park and further improvements to the town centre.”