NEXUS 25 Employment Site

Introduction:

Up to 4,000 jobs could be created at the NEXUS 25 strategic employment site at Junction 25 on the M5. The vision for creating much needed new employment space east of M5 Junction 25, in line with a range of road and public transport improvements, represents a 'significant regional economic opportunity' and forms part of a portfolio of schemes to support Taunton in reaching its full economic potential between now and 2028 as outlined in the new Growth Prospectus for Taunton.

Statutory consultation period begins on the Nexus 25 Local Development Order: 

Consultation on the Draft Nexus 25 Local Development Order granting planning permission for a New Strategic Employment Site and access between M5 Junction 25 / A358 Henlade, and Haydon, in parts of Ruishton and Thornfalcon, Stoke St. Mary and West Monkton Parishes, Somerset.   

Residents, businesses and other interested parties are being invited to have their say on the draft Local Development Order (LDO) proposed by Taunton Deane Borough Council which will grant planning permission for the Nexus 25 strategic employment development at Junction 25 of the M5.

The statutory consultation runs from Thursday 20 July 2017 to Wednesday 30 August 2017. 

Copies of the draft Local Development Order and the statement of the Council’s reasons for making the order, together with the supporting Environmental Statement, are available to download from the Council’s consultation portal via this link: 

http://consultldf.tauntondeane.gov.uk/portal/j25/ldo

Hard copies of these documents are available for inspection at Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Offices:   Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1HE, during normal office hours (8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30 am to 4.30 pm on Friday).

Anyone who wishes to make representations about this proposed Local Development Order should write to the Council at:  Planning Policy, Growth and Development, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1HE; or respond by e-mail to: talkingtomorrows@tauntondeane.gov.uk

Representations must be received by 17:00 on Wednesday 30 August 2017. 

What happens next?
Following this statutory consultation, the Council will take account of all responses received before considering a report on the adoption of the Local Development Order which is expected to take place in October 2017.

 

Artist Impression Nexus 25 and Juction 25 M5

Background & Economic Need
An economic study, prepared by Peter Brett Associates and published in May 2014, determined that land at Junction 25 would perform the best in providing a range and choice of future supply of employment land, with good access to the national route network, and enable Taunton to reach its full economic potential in the south west sub region. The provision of adequate employment land will help to support the supply of new homes which are already planned, the site adjoins the existing urban area of Taunton and has good public transport links already; the scale and quality of the site would bring significant green infrastructure which in turn provide biodiversity and wildlife benefits.

Core Strategy SS8 
Taunton needs a strategic employment site to raise the skill base, create jobs and secure inward investment. Junction 25 was identified as a suitable potential employment site in the Core Strategy (Policy SS8) and through consultation with the local business community. 

 

Site Allocation and Development Management Plan 

The Site Allocation and Development Management Plan (SADMP) sets out allocations across the Borough consistent with the Core Strategy. 

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The Junction 25 site has been considered during the SADMP process, and the Preferred Options Consultation (October/ November 2013) identified the site for a Strategic Employment Site. 

Click here to find out more about the supporting evidence for the project.

 

Location

The Site The site is located to the south-east of M5 Junction 25 and is approximately 2.5 miles from Taunton Town Centre and halfway between Bristol and Exeter 

Nexus 25 access map

Strategic Location

The site is a good strategic location in comparison with other strategic employment sites on M5 corridor (below). Journey times to Bristol are less than 1 hour by car or 30 minutes by train, with similar times to Exeter. 

There is also excellent rail wider connectivity with a fast rail service to  London (1 hour 40 mins), and good connections to the midlands and  other centres. 

The well-connected location will appeal to investors, businesses and potential employees attracted by Taunton's existing assets, including: 

• Good quality schools and colleges 
• Thriving town centre, with many independent shops 
• Good access to the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, and coast 
• Good quality housing at relatively affordable prices 
• Good transport links via A358/A303 to Yeovil, South Somerset and 
beyond to the Dorset South Coast.

Site Opportunities

Nexus Site Concept PalnA number of key site opportunities have been identified, which will form part of the emerging proposals. Nexus 25 masterplan will include: 
• A range of employment uses including research & development, high quality offices, light industrial, warehouses, and a range of ancillary uses. There are also potential opportunities focusing on development for health and education/ training. 
• The creation of a 'Green Campus' with a strong sense of place, walkable streets and a green environment for high quality business uses. 
• Attractive and strong building frontage to the M5 and green infrastructure. 
• A landscape framework that will provide pleasant pedestrian and cycle links from the site to the wider landscape and incorporate sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs), tree planting and biodiversity enhancements. Views to the wider landscape, including Stoke Hill to the east, will be maintained. 
• Amenity space and new public realm for the employment park. 
• Potential landmark bridge across the M5 motorway to provide pedestrian and cycle links between Nexus 25 and Taunton Town Centre. 
• Improved public transport links with Taunton Gateway Park & Ride. 
• High quality buildings and street frontages to reinforce character and provide a pleasant built environment. 
• Digital communication facilities to include gigabit fibre access and mobile 4G/5G connectivity throughout the site. 

FAQs

Do you have a question about the plans for the J25 employment site? Please contact us - talkingtomorrows@tauntondeane.gov.uk

Related press releases:

01 March 2017 - TDCB - http://www.tauntondeane.gov.uk/irj/public/news/directory/articles?rid=/guid/909bb78f-67e1-3410-b186-da419771b0d9

21 February 2017 - TDBC -  http://www.tauntondeane.gov.uk/irj/public/news/directory/articles?rid=/guid/d0ec9d03-7eda-3410-8693-b6e34b10f22b

19 July 2017 - TDBC - http://www.taunton.uk.com/news/consultation-to-start-on-nexus-25-proposals.htm