pound plans for Highbridge Enterprise Centre unveiled
pound plans to build a new business centre in Highbridge have
been formally submitted to Sedgemoor District Council this week.
'enterprise centre' for small businesses has been earmarked for
land next to Highbridge's Isleport Recyling Centre and could create
scores of new jobs.
is one of several regional projects being backed by Devon and
Somerset's Rural Growth Network which aims to create more than
1,300 jobs and boost the south west's economy by £58 million.
Highbridge proposal is to build a new two-storey building with
office units available for new business ventures, plus an additional
single-storey industrial building and car parking.
area of the development site is approximately 1.29 acres. Around
220 square metres will be for light industrial space, plus 130
square metres for office space, and a further 130 square metres
for business 'incubation' space.
Spelman, the government's former Secretary of State for the Environment,
site in May 2012, as pictured here, when the scheme was initially
planning application has now been formally submitted and is set
to be fully considered by the Town Council and district council
in coming weeks.
county councillor Cllr John Woodman told Burnham-On-Sea.com this
week: "We are very excited for Highbridge that the plans
have been formally submitted and that the proposals look really
understand there has already been some of interest from several
small businesses who are keen to take up office space in the centre,
so demand is already beginning to show."
added: "Providing the planning application gets approved
to schedule then the centre will be fully completed over the next
9-12 months and be opened at the end of next year."
project aims to help small 'back room' businesses gain office
space in order to expand their operations and create local jobs.
is great news for Highbridge and demonstrates what an ideal location
the town is for business," added Cllr Woodman.
applicants say: "The proposal at Highbridge can accommodate
employment development and meeting the needs of small growing
businesses and local start-ups to stimulate local enterprise and
capture the talent of local entrepreneurs."
"The Council's Employment Land Review identifies the existing
Isleport Business Park as a focus for such development and also
highlights the potential for its expansion to meet the additional
employment land requirements identified in the spatial strategy."