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Council takes steps to acquire land for vital link road to a 222-acre commercial development site


The link road will facilitate the redevelopment of the site, which upon completion, is expected to create 4000 jobs. Sedgemoor District Council has begun the legal processes to acquire land, required for a link road to serve the much-anticipated Huntspill Energy Park at Puriton, either by agreement or through using its powers of compulsory purchase. 09/10/18

Statutory notices have appeared in the local press to advertise the Sedgemoor District Council (Huntspill Energy Park) Compulsory Purchase Order 2018 (CPO). The CPO will now be submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for confirmation. If confirmed, the Council will have the power to take possession of land required for the link road.

The Government has conferred Enterprise Zone status on Huntspill Energy Park in 2017, meaning that a portion of business rates generated from the Enterprise Zone can be invested in the District as part of its ambitious plans for economic growth.

The developer of the Huntspill Energy Park, Salamanca Group Topaz Limited, has secured outline planning permission to develop the former Royal Ordnance Factory site as a business park, focused on low carbon and energy generation. It is estimated that this development will generate as many as 4,000 jobs in largely energy related enterprises.

The CPO affects numerous plots of land, some of them as small as around 40 square metres and others extending to more than 40,000 square metres. The land is required to construct the link road, which will connect the Huntspill Energy Park to the A39 at Puriton Hill, by-passing the village of Puriton.

A spokesperson for the Council said negotiations for purchasing all of the land required would continue in parallel with the compulsory purchase process. However, the CPO are being sought to help assemble the land within the Council's delivery timescale.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty, said: "The timely development of this site is critical as it will double the District's growth over the next 25 years, boosting the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Sedgemoor and the wider South West."

"The project will be the South West's biggest single commercial development aside from Hinkley Point C, bringing the higher value jobs we seek and the opportunities that will underpin our aspirations for our community."

The link road will run to the south and south east of Puriton from the A39 to the Huntspill Energy Park, by passing the village of Puriton and will be constructed in conjunction with other traffic improvement measures planned for Puriton and Woolavington.

We have a webpage with additional information, should you require it - https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/cpo