A SOMERSET MP has reiterated that action must be taken to transform an empty site purchased by the former Mendip District Council.

Sarah Dyke, MP for Frome and Somerton, has again stated she wants to ensure the best possible outcome for the Saxonvale site in Frome, after a judicial decision was made earlier this week.

Last week, a high court judge upheld the judicial review challenge to Mendip District Council’s Planning Board’s decision to approve Acorn Property Group’s Outline Planning Application for the site.

Because of this decision, the property group no longer have any kind of involvement in the development of the Saxonvale site, as of Monday October 16.

Ms Dyke now believes a new focus must be agreed on to pave the way forward for the unique site which lies in the heart of Frome.

“So far, the future of the Saxonvale site has been an emotionally charged and political issue," she explained.

"Given the result of the Judicial Review, it is more vital than ever that stakeholders take stock and consider a way forward.

"Everyone in Frome has a vested interest in making the right choice for the town.

"Any development must evidence that it is viable and should balance housing need, commercial space and recreation.

"It must also deliver the best connectivity possible between the development and the town centre.

"The opportunity to enhance this beautiful town in the short-term but secure its sustainability well into the future must not be delayed.

"The worst possible outcome is for this site is for it to be left undeveloped for decades to come.

“Frome deserves an exemplar project, and everyone involved wants the optimal outcome for the town.

"Ideally this needs to be achieved in the shortest time possible and with the least animosity.

"It is now down to Somerset Council to work with both Mayday Saxonvale and Acorn to ensure the best outcome for Frome as quickly as possible.

"In addition, Mayday Saxonvale must now demonstrate that they have the capability and financial wherewithal to proceed as Saxonvale cannot be allowed to continue as an empty site. 

“I have always been committed to ensuring we get the best possible outcome for Frome and the people who live in the town.

"This always has been and always will be my number one priority.

"Frome expects movement without further delay.”