This project aims to improve and enhance the Meads - an area of farmland to the south west of Bridgwater town centre - into an outstanding park for the town.
Developing the Meads as a leisure resource for Bridgwater has been proposed for at least a decade. The area was identified as an 'ecological park' in the Bridgwater Vision published in 2009, and was subsequently included within the Council's Core Strategy.
The Meads area has the potential to deliver an excellent resource for communities on the west side of Bridgwater and for the wider town and other visitors. It could create an area of enriched nature conservation value and landscape quality to enhance the town. A wide range of environmental, recreational and educational benefits will arise from the project and it is hoped that the participation of a range of project partners and local communities will help to progress the project successfully.
The Council has adopted a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which will guide development of the Meads park. This follows two rounds of public consultation held in the Autumn of 2011 and Spring 2012. The initial consultation statement and schedule of responses to this consultation can be viewed at the foot of this page. The Meads SPD was reported to a Special Council Meeting held on 8th August 2012 which followed a public meeting to discuss outstanding issues on the document. Notes of this meeting are also available to be viewed at the foot of this page. The Council agreed at the Special Council meeting to adopt the Meads SPD as a formal Supplementary Planning Document. The adoption notice is published below.
The SPD will help the development of principles as well as influence, guide, protect, facilitate and promote the site as an attractive place to visit. The document identifies relevant planning policies and other supporting documents for enhancing the bio-diversity, access and leisure amenity value of the Meads.