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Chard revamp plans go on display
Chard revamp - town square sketch
A sketch of how Chard town square might look like

Plans to regenerate Chard town centre are set to go on display to the public.

If the plans are taken on by developers the Boden Mill site will be turned into a modern shopping area with businesses, restaurants and green spaces.

The exhibition will also include details of the district's Core Strategy which looks at housing development and growth over the next 15 years.

Part of the revamp to the town's traffic light system to improve traffic flow is set to begin within six months.

The proposals began in January 2009, as a joint project involving the town, district and county councils, as well as the South West RDA and design consultants, LDA Design.

The £2m investment given by the regional development agency was used by the district council to buy the three-acre Air Control Industries site central to the project.

One of the aims of the plan is to attract new businesses to the town to boost the local economy.

Councillor Jo Roundell-Greene, the portfolio holder for economic and organisational development, said: "This display shows the plans in their final form, following months of consultation and improvement.

"Now we have a comprehensive framework that will allow us to provide new homes, employment, and all of the services and infrastructure needed to support that growth."

The drop-in exhibition is set to take place on Saturday, 11 September at Chard Guildhall from 9am - 2pm.




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