J25 Employment Site

Up to 4,000 jobs could be created at a new 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.

The Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council, Councillor John Williams announced the ambition for creating space to attract new businesses and allow existing businesses to grow at Junction 25 alongside their partners Somerset County Council and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW).

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.

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The Opportunities

This exciting development opportunity gives Taunton the potential to deliver a major strategic employment site that will serve both the local and wider regional business community. This site is situated in the perfect location to provide a long term sustainable employment location. Read more about the potential opportunities for J25.


Do you have a question about the plans for the J25 employment site? See our list of Frequently Asked Questions here. If you can't find the answer to your question please contact us.

Next Steps

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Update 29/1/15

TENS of millions of pounds are being invested in Taunton Deane bringing more jobs, better transport links and high tech connectivity.

The Government announced today that £65.2 million is being awarded to Somerset and Devon – and Taunton Deane will be a major beneficiary.

The investment will help unlock a key employment site at Junction 25 off the M5 that could create up to 4,000 jobs, bring forward a new enterprise centre in Wiveliscombe and help expand superfast broadband to more rural areas.

The bid will bring in £13m towards the overall £16m costs of the J25 improvements with the balance coming from public and private investment. Work could start in 2016-17 with potential completion in 2018-19.

Now the funding is confirmed, work can start on the details before public consultation and the planning process gets underway.

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