Bridgwater plan backed

Plans for a 2,000-home development on a key strategic site in Somerset were given the green light last week.

Sedgemoor District Council granted permission for the North East Bridgwater scheme, which will create 110,000m2 of employment space through shops, leisure and community facilities and a primary school.

The hybrid application, which was steered by David Lock Associates for Hallam Land Management, also sought full planning permission for a regional distribution centre for supermarket chain Morrisons. It is the first application to be determined in line with the council's Bridgwater Challenge planning vision.

Hallam will also contribute £3.5 million towards a surge barrier to defend Bridgwater from flooding. The council's corporate director Doug Bamsey said: "It is exciting that a planning application of this size and benefit to Sedgemoor has been approved."

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