expansion of Highbridge business park could create 1,000 jobs
proposals to expand Highbridge's Isleport Business Park could
create up to 1,000 new jobs in coming years, it has emerged this
Sedgemoor District Council's Executive is considering the long-term
expansion of the business park and has identified three potential
development sites covering around 65 hectares of land.
The proposals are outlined in a council Supplementary Planning
Document - and show the sites that are earmarked for the possible
"Following the success of the development of employment
land at Isleport and Walrow, agents, landowners, developers and
employers have all initiated discussions on the future potential
expansion of facilities at Isleport," explains the council.
"The Council and its partners have focused on the area for
employment purposes with Isleport being an area of high employment
growth potential and providing a significant economic impetus
for the wider Sedgemoor district as a whole."
It adds: "It should be stressed that the Supplementary Planning
Document does not set out full details of how the sites will be
developed, for example detailed building plans, road layouts and
known end-users, but instead it sets out high level parameters
against which detailed schemes submitted to the Council as planning
applications will need to be assessed. It should therefore be
seen as a high-level planning tool that sets out the important
requirements and considerations that should be borne in mind when
preparing planning applications."
potential new 'Isleport 2' employment sites are located directly
adjacent to the existing business park on fields to the east and
north, as shown on the map above in dark green.
The council adds: "Employment proposals that encourage local
employment opportunities, promote higher skilled jobs and/or allow
for existing businesses to expand will be supported. In addition,
the Council will encourage the enhancement, redevelopment and
refurbishment of existing employment areas. For Highbridge, land
adjacent to Isleport Business Park is identified as a preferred
greenfield location to facilitate an extension to provide additional
employment land (B1, B2 and B8) to accommodate approximately 1,000
"The Isleport 2 sites offer a unique opportunity to deliver
new employment opportunities of both local and regional significance
that will complement the development strategies for the district
and deliver a new and sustainable future."
The proposals are set to be issued for public consultation to
allow feedback from residents across the area.