Energy Park go-ahead could bring new jobs to Burnham area
new enterprise zone near Burnham-On-Sea has been given the go-ahead
this week by the government which could lead to the creation of
hundreds of jobs.
Huntspill Energy Park has been approved by the Chancellor in
his Autumn Statement as part of a £65.2m funding deal with
the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW
The Chancellor approved the partnership's bid to establish a
multi-site 'enterprise zone' at Huntspill Energy Park near Burnham-On-Sea
to 'kick-start growth and productivity'.
It will be a base for several of the key suppliers for Hinkley
Point C nuclear power station.
Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Councils Cabinet
Member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy, said: "Enterprise
Zone status will help enable the development of the Huntspill
Energy Park into an important local employment site, securing
supply chain investment linked to Hinkley Point C, as well as
enabling business rate relief for small and medium sized enterprises."
"This announcement is great news for the local economy in
Sedgemoor and across wider parts of Somerset and the South West."
"Weve worked closely with Sedgemoor District Council
and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership on
this bid and are delighted to hear that it has been successful."
Huntspill Energy Park is a 90-hectare site on a former munitions
facility owned by BAE Systems. The plans include reinstating a
railway link into the area and also building a new access road
onto the site.
The Huntspill park will supports the Hinkley supply chain, said
Steve Hindley, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise
Partnership (HotSW LEP), who added: "We are delighted with
this week's announcement of our successful bid. It demonstrates
the governments confidence in the HotSW area and its potential
for transformational growth. Our enterprise zone will benefit
the whole of the Heart of the South West economy."
Councillor Duncan McGinty, Leader of Sedgemoor District Council,
said: "We are delighted that our joint bid for enterprise
zone status for Huntspill Energy Park at Puriton and its partner
sites within East Devon has been successful. This new status will
offer renewed opportunities to unlock employment and investment
on the site, and in the surrounding area, as well as to enhance
our ability to attract investment linked to Hinkley and beyond."
"We now look forward to working with Government on the detail
of the bid in conjunction with our partners in Devon and the Local