pushes forward on multi-million pound Huntspill Energy Park
Sedgemoor District Council - whose joint bid for Enterprise
Zone status for the Huntspill Energy Park near Burnham-On-Sea
was the largest nationally to make it into the Chancellors
Autumn Statement - is wasting no time in taking the project forward.
Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last month that the Huntspill
Energy Park was 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 LEP).
Working with the group and other local authorities, Sedgemoor
says it is keen not to lose any momentum for the scheme, which
it hopes will generate thousands of new jobs in the area.
The focus in the next few weeks for the Huntspill site will be
on ensuring that everything is in place to assist with the re-development
of the former Royal Ordnance Factory, now owned by BAE Systems,
including the necessary infrastructure improvements, planning
processes and prospectuses.
Leader of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty said:
"Building on our manufacturing past, our innovation and our
close association with Hinkley Point over the decades, this status
as an Enterprise Zone will give us the boost we need to capitalise
on our clear ability to respond to this Countrys energy
needs now and in the future."
Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth Cllr Anne Fraser added: "The
Enterprise Zone will help with the determination to keep as much
of the supply chain for the construction for Hinkley Point C as
local as possible and was an excellent fit with the strategic
growth plans for the district and the LEP."
"The fact that the LEP will be able to keep 100% of the growth
in business rates over 25 years which can be re-invested in related
infrastructure and other developments is extremely good news,"
"We are looking forward to working with the developer on
the detailed plans to realise the full potential of the site."
Energy Park go-ahead could bring new jobs to Burnham area