business park near
Burnham-On-Sea 'may create 4,000 new jobs'
District Council has this week welcomed the multi-million pound
sale of a 635-acre site near to Junction 23 of the M5 motorway,
saying the deal will unlock new potential to deliver major economic
benefits across the area.
The land at Puriton, currently known as Huntspill Energy Park, was
once used for making explosives as The Royal Ordnance Factory.
has been sold from BAE Systems to Salamanca Group, a London-based
Merchant Banking business.
Council says that, when completed, the new business park
is expected to create over 4,000 new jobs.
site will be developed over coming years with a focus on energy
related uses, with activities such as manufacturing, logistics and
other industry and business.
low-carbon, on-site energy production as its focus, the land will
attract interest from companies and supply chains due to its closeness
to Hinkley Point C," says the council.
site was given Enterprise Zone status by the Government, which the
council says makes it a "golden opportunity" to develop.
Duncan McGinty, Leader of the Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on
Monday that the developed site will "create thousands of jobs
and be a vital source for the skills and expertise needed by the
Government to deliver its economic ambitions."
"We are delighted that Salamanca Group has chosen to invest
in this UK site that will cement a place for the South West as a
centre for the research, development and delivery of the facilities
we will need to meet this countrys energy demands," he
"This project is central to our corporate strategy and we
are excited about the positive impact the site will have on Sedgemoor
and the wider regional economy."
"We prioritise an employment-led approach and the development
of this project is of utmost importance to achieving our ambitions.
We will be able to inspire our young people, generate new opportunities
and retain our well-educated work force, creating a revitalised,
higher value and sustainable economy into the future."
will provide exceptional opportunities for local people and businesses
in the future."
Bellamy of Salamanca Group added: "The country faces exciting
challenges and the commercial world needs to know we are open for
transformational project opens the West of England to the very best
national and international companies providing key financial and
energy benefits. This will be the business hub for the future."
strategic investors, we have and will continue to use our deep relationships
with key partners to deliver this project. We will now work closely
with the council, local communities and other partners to achieve
the optimal future for the site and, by extension, the local economy."
The Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF Bridgwater) was constructed in
1939 for the manufacture of explosives, eventually closing in 2008.
The factory was owned and operated by BAE Systems who will retain
responsibility for decommissioning and remediating the site, a process
which the company has completed safely at many other former ROFs
across the UK in the past 25 years.
Once transformed, the site will deliver a significant boost to
the local economy and employment.
It is predicted that once fully operational as South West Englands
leading commercial and business centre, the site will create more
than 4,400 jobs and will generate in the region of £125m of
Top, the entrance to the site and, above, the site circled on a