26th May 2020

Consultation starts on proposed employment site at Junction 25 of M5

A consultation on the draft Local Development Order proposed by Taunton Deane Borough Council which will grant planning permission for the Nexus 25 strategic employment development at Junction 25 of the M5 starts today (Thursday).

Nexus 25 will be created as a ‘green campus’ providing space for research and development and high quality offices, alongside light industrial units and warehouses will provide a range of flexible premises suitable for a wide range of business.

Walkways and landscaping, including tree planting, will create an environment in line with Taunton’s new Garden Town status.

Cllr Mark Edwards, Deputy Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council and Executive member for Business Development said:

“The Nexus 25 development represents a very significant opportunity to bring new business and investment to Taunton in an environment that supports innovation and growth.

The site’s excellent location will mean it can attract the uses and high quality jobs which are essential to the future economic health of Taunton, the wider Borough and its contribution to the South West’s economy.”

Local Development Orders were introduced by the government to enable local planning authorities to speed up the implementation of planned development, while ensuring that all the usual environmental safeguards are applied. Once approved by the council, the Local Development Order will set out the extent and nature of the proposed development together with all the criteria and requirements that proposals must meet to satisfy the terms of the Order. Developers must demonstrate to the council that their proposals satisfy the requirements of the Local Development Order before they can proceed.

The plan has been carefully designed to harness green infrastructure and sustainable urban drainage systems to manage surface water run-off through the use of features such as landscaped ponds.

The 25 hectare site is about 2.5 miles from Taunton’s town centre, lying to the south east of Junction 25.

The planning application for the work to improve Junction 25 is currently being considered by Somerset County Council and the proposed scheme will provide the access to the site.

There will be Park and Ride services as well as pedestrian and cycle links to the town centre to encourage more people to use different forms of transport.

The statutory consultation runs from Thursday 20 July 2017 to Wednesday 30 August 2017.

Copies of the draft Local Development Order and the statement of the Council’s reasons for making the order, together with the supporting Environmental Statement, are available for inspection at Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Offices during normal office hours (08:30 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday and 09:30 to 16:30 on Friday) and are also published on the council’s website.

You can make representations about this proposed Local Development Order by writing to the council at: Planning Policy, Growth and Development, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1HE or email talkingtomorrows@tauntondeane.gov.uk

Representations must be received by 17:00 on Wednesday 30 August 2017.

Following this statutory consultation, the council will take account of all responses received before considering a report on the adoption of the Local Development Order which is expected to take place in October 2017.