Taunton Deane Borough Council is working with public and private sector partners to deliver a new strategic employment site – Nexus 25 – at J25 of the M5 motorway.
The development will provide a green campus setting with space for a variety of uses including research and development and high quality offices, alongside light industrial units and warehouses providing a range of flexible premises suitable for many types of business. More than 3,500 jobs could be created at the site, boosting Taunton’s role as a major growth centre in the South West.
The Borough Council is using a Government planning mechanism to fast-track the process – a Local Development Order (LDO). LDOs were introduced by the Government to enable local authorities to speed up the planning process whilst ensuring that the usual environmental safeguards are properly applied.
A further advantage of using an LDO is that it allows the Council to have a more proactive involvement and to provide better guidance on the form of development to be provided rather than by reacting to planning applications such as would occur in a non-LDO development. The use of an LDO will also help increase the likelihood of the development being achieved, and could enable it to happen more quickly.
Following the granting of planning permission for the Somerset County Council scheme to improve M5 Junction 25 including the provision of access to the Nexus 25 site on the 8th March 2018, the LDO was adopted on the 14th March 2018.
The LDO documents are available to view and download: