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Midsomer Norton Society

Researching and appreciating our history

Influencing the present and future development of our town

Midsomer Norton Society

Researching and appreciating our history

Influencing the present and future development of our town

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Midsomer Norton Society

Researching and appreciating our history

Influencing the present and future development of our town

Streetscape Plan

Creating a long term vision

 

Many dismiss the Midsomer Norton streetscape as a hopeless mish-mash of styles that is beyond hope. So when a new development is proposed the view is "well it doesn't fit in but what does it matter - it's only Norton".

We think it does matter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst our Society isn't trying to claim that Midsomer Norton is a world heritage site, in the past 50 years it has suffered and today is far less attractive than it once was. What happened? Bad planning and lack of foresight and imagination created the streetscape we see today.

 

We want to turn this round and, with a combination of redevelopment AND conservation over the next 20 years, cherish our streetscape. And what we're suggesting is NOT about stopping development - we welcome it. But let's focus the energy and creativity of developers towards the eyesores and encourage them to use local materials and build on a scale that fits in with what we've got.

 

So, if Midsomer Norton isn't a lost cause, where do we start? Our view is that instead of continually evaluating every planning proposal in isolation, we need to:

In the next few months we will be creating a Streetscape Project Team - bringing together landlords, developers, residents' groups, planning officials, B&NES and the Town Council.

 

Already, since our campaign against the development of a block of flats at 52 High Street we've established links with developers to create a working partnership to try and get the best for Midsomer Norton going forward.

 

Our Projects

River Somer Project

Streetscape Plan

Midsomer Norton Knight

Video Memories

St Chad's Well

Jubilee Lamp & Fountain

Vicarage Tunnel

Midsomer Norton Fair Day