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Plans submitted to develop Marston Estate

A detailed proposal to restore the main features of Marston Estate, a grade II listed park and garden with ruins near Frome, has been put forward by the Bonham Christie family who are long-standing residents in the local area.

The 19th century designed landscape is in urgent need of extensive work to prevent it going to ruin. These include; removing silt and trees from the lake to restore the island, much- needed replanting in the woodland, reinstating lost historic pathways, rebuilding the ruins of the boat house and keeper’s cottage, and protection of important wildlife habitats including the winter bird breeding areas.

Ecological surveys by Engain, a Frome-based ecology firm, accompany the planning application and suggest positive management steps to protect and, over time, improve the existing biodiversity.

The low-density development proposes 20 holiday lodges, a hub building, a reception area and the restored ruins. The organic architecture plans are sympathetic to the natural surroundings and aim to restore the historic fabric and purpose of Marston Estate, so it can once again become a place for quiet recreation and enjoyment.

Director, Charlie Bonham Christie said, “We’re proud to have an opportunity to sustain this beautiful landscape for generations to come, as well as assist the surrounding rural community and support economic growth.

“We will be looking to source goods, services and staff from the local area, as well as using skilled tradesmen including thatchers, stone masons and woodsmen.”

The application can be viewed on the mendip.gov.uk website, and for the next three weeks members of the public can write to planning officers with their comments.

It is likely that the decision about granting planning permission will be made early next year.

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