Local development order granted for the Gravity campus project

Planning for a new development near Burnham-On-Sea that will create thousands of jobs will be accelerated as part of a council initiative.

Sedgemoor District Council decided this week to accept a local development ordinance for the gravity business area in the former Royal Puriton Artillery Factory.

The decision will be a positive planning tool to support investment, widespread growth and prosperity in the region and create high-quality skilled jobs.

It follows a year of engagement with the community and businesses by Gravity and a one-month period of formal consultations, with program changes proposed to positively address the issues raised, including additional technical questions as well as an increased opportunity for community engagement in delivery. LDO.

The LDO sets the parameters under which development proposals actually receive a building permit, provided they comply with the requirements of the decree.

The range of developments and uses permitted in the LDO include large-scale advanced manufacturing, commercial and commercial use and support services, community, recreational and residential uses to help create the Gravity Smart Campus.

The vision is for Gravity to create between 4,000 and 7,500 jobs, driving the UK’s transition to a zero carbon economy and placing Sedgemoor at the center of the ‘clean’ growth revolution.

The board decided to adopt the LDO subject to finalizing matters relating to the preparation of a legal agreement, minor technical and editorial changes and further discussions regarding heritage impact with Historic England.

Supported by the LDO, Gravity aims to provide:

Thousands of new jobs in high value-added industries – advanced manufacturing – including electric vehicle and / or battery manufacturing, smart technology, robotics, data, energy and other highly skilled sectors .
A skills charter to link local populations to training and employment opportunities.
A business charter to help local businesses respond to supply chain opportunities.
Homes to encourage our young people to stay, train and work locally.
Improved bus services, walking and cycling links, and potential new passenger and freight rail links to the benefit of Puriton, Woolavington and the wider region.
New leisure activities and open spaces at the service of health and well-being.
Continue to work with local schools and education providers to build resilience, create training opportunities and inspire new careers.
New and improved infrastructure for transport, digital energy connectivity and public services.

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