4,000 jobs in pipeline at Puriton renewable energy park

Bridgwater Mercury: 4,000 jobs could be created in Sedgemoor. 4,000 jobs could be created in Sedgemoor.

THOUSANDS of jobs could be created in Sedgemoor after ambitious plans to build a renewable energy park were unveiled.

Up to 4,000 posts could be created early next year if the Puriton Energy Park scheme gets off the ground.

Planners at Sedgemoor District Council say the project is earmarked for the production of low-carbon renewable energy.

An outline planning application is expected to be submitted by site owner BAE Systems in the new year.

Stuart Houlet, the council’s planning policy team leader, told the Mercury: “The job scene in Sedgemoor is changing significantly. There are lots of opportunities with Bridgwater College and Hinkley Point C.

“We want to see people studying and choosing to work in the district.

“The energy park puts emphasis on local employment, taking into account the site’s relationship to Bridgwater as well as nearby communities.

“Green energy is a fast-growing industry and is well-paid.”

The council believes the project will see Sedgemoor become one of the UK’s leading centres for energy-related business, employment and skills with Hinkley, Puriton and Bridgwater College as the foundation.

The form energy production at Puriton will take is currently unclear.

Mr Houlet said: “Nothing’s set in stone. Once outline planning consent has been approved they can approach the market.

“It may be that a large company wants to take up the whole site, but it’s likely that there will be separate companies taking up portions of the development.”

People living near the proposed site have raised concerns over increased traffic and access.

A supplementary planning document prepared by the council says: "The potential conflict between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles along Woolavington Road raises significant local highway safety and capacity concerns.”

Mr Houlet admitted: “The challenge will be the location because you also have a lot of development in north-east Bridgwater with Morrisons.

“Transport mitigation will be worked into the planning documents, taking into account Hinkley C traffic.”

Bruce Poole, clerk at Puriton Parish Council, said it broadly supported green energy and awaited the planning application with interest.

BAE Systems was unavailable for comment as the Mercury went to press.

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2:10pm Tue 4 Dec 12

MartinB58 says...

Upto 4000 jobs! I wonder what %age of the specialist construction that a project like this will require will create jobs for the local communities.

How can anyone actually say there even will be any jobs created when Sedgemoor Districty councils Mr Houlet says “Nothing’s set in stone. Once outline planning consent has been approved they can approach the market."

I also take the above comment to mean that even though there are no planning applications yet, planning consent will be granted regardless (as long as the plans are energy related).

Jumping the gun a little to speculate on job numbers when no one has applied to build anything and, in reality, planning permission hasn't been granted.

I hope the Energy Park does get a good level of take up, much better keeping the ex ROF land as industrial than the alternative which would undoubtedly be for overbearing housing estates that look like purpose built eyesores filling in all available space between Puriton and Woolavington (like the one proposed for Crockers Hill in Woolavington - that the same Mr Houlet says is "not out of keeping with the size, accessibility, character and physical identity of the settlement" - even though it will sit towering above the largely 100+ yr old properties along Lower Road - even the planning minister Nick Boles would probably say "another pig-ugly new housing estate that has been bolted on to a village" and would likely observe that it is far from the vision he has recently outlined)
Upto 4000 jobs! I wonder what %age of the specialist construction that a project like this will require will create jobs for the local communities. How can anyone actually say there even will be any jobs created when Sedgemoor Districty councils Mr Houlet says “Nothing’s set in stone. Once outline planning consent has been approved they can approach the market." I also take the above comment to mean that even though there are no planning applications yet, planning consent will be granted regardless (as long as the plans are energy related). Jumping the gun a little to speculate on job numbers when no one has applied to build anything and, in reality, planning permission hasn't been granted. I hope the Energy Park does get a good level of take up, much better keeping the ex ROF land as industrial than the alternative which would undoubtedly be for overbearing housing estates that look like purpose built eyesores filling in all available space between Puriton and Woolavington (like the one proposed for Crockers Hill in Woolavington - that the same Mr Houlet says is "not out of keeping with the size, accessibility, character and physical identity of the settlement" - even though it will sit towering above the largely 100+ yr old properties along Lower Road - even the planning minister Nick Boles would probably say "another pig-ugly new housing estate that has been bolted on to a village" and would likely observe that it is far from the vision he has recently outlined) MartinB58

6:00pm Tue 4 Dec 12

JackM says...

I saw preliminary plans last year and however they choose to describe it, it will be an industrial park at the end of the day. They can't build houses on it as the ground is too contaminated, but it's alright as long as you're just working on it apparently. There will be increased traffic and I believe they're already looking at building a new road which chops the corner off the village according to the plans. I know the villagers at the consultation meeting weren't too happy with the prospect of this on their doorstep.
I saw preliminary plans last year and however they choose to describe it, it will be an industrial park at the end of the day. They can't build houses on it as the ground is too contaminated, but it's alright as long as you're just working on it apparently. There will be increased traffic and I believe they're already looking at building a new road which chops the corner off the village according to the plans. I know the villagers at the consultation meeting weren't too happy with the prospect of this on their doorstep. JackM

9:21am Wed 5 Dec 12

Blue Owl says...

Well what good news, the opportunity to Develop a disused site, with the possibility of Thousands of Jobs, which will help replace those lost when BAE System's closed the site, formerly ROF
The Parish Council along with SDC are already inputting to the scheme alternative cycle, pedestrian routes to mitigate possible conflicts between motorist and other road users, as they have to now, under legislation. It's so easy to forget what traffic was generated on a daily basis when the previous workers were attending the Site!!
Bring it on " More Good News for Puriton, Bridgwater, & Sedgmoor..

Regards Blue-Owl
Well what good news, the opportunity to Develop a disused site, with the possibility of Thousands of Jobs, which will help replace those lost when BAE System's closed the site, formerly ROF The Parish Council along with SDC are already inputting to the scheme alternative cycle, pedestrian routes to mitigate possible conflicts between motorist and other road users, as they have to now, under legislation. It's so easy to forget what traffic was generated on a daily basis when the previous workers were attending the Site!! Bring it on " More Good News for Puriton, Bridgwater, & Sedgmoor.. Regards Blue-Owl Blue Owl

11:32pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Blurby Monster says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Well what good news, the opportunity to Develop a disused site, with the possibility of Thousands of Jobs, which will help replace those lost when BAE System's closed the site, formerly ROF
The Parish Council along with SDC are already inputting to the scheme alternative cycle, pedestrian routes to mitigate possible conflicts between motorist and other road users, as they have to now, under legislation. It's so easy to forget what traffic was generated on a daily basis when the previous workers were attending the Site!!
Bring it on " More Good News for Puriton, Bridgwater, & Sedgmoor..

Regards Blue-Owl
Any ideas whose palm you need to grease to get some works contracts here, Blue Owl?. You know the name of the game, a bit of u-scratch-my-back works wonders.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Well what good news, the opportunity to Develop a disused site, with the possibility of Thousands of Jobs, which will help replace those lost when BAE System's closed the site, formerly ROF The Parish Council along with SDC are already inputting to the scheme alternative cycle, pedestrian routes to mitigate possible conflicts between motorist and other road users, as they have to now, under legislation. It's so easy to forget what traffic was generated on a daily basis when the previous workers were attending the Site!! Bring it on " More Good News for Puriton, Bridgwater, & Sedgmoor.. Regards Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]Any ideas whose palm you need to grease to get some works contracts here, Blue Owl?. You know the name of the game, a bit of u-scratch-my-back works wonders. Blurby Monster

7:26pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Old Phucker says...

Blurby Monster wrote:
Blue Owl wrote:
Well what good news, the opportunity to Develop a disused site, with the possibility of Thousands of Jobs, which will help replace those lost when BAE System's closed the site, formerly ROF
The Parish Council along with SDC are already inputting to the scheme alternative cycle, pedestrian routes to mitigate possible conflicts between motorist and other road users, as they have to now, under legislation. It's so easy to forget what traffic was generated on a daily basis when the previous workers were attending the Site!!
Bring it on " More Good News for Puriton, Bridgwater, & Sedgmoor..

Regards Blue-Owl
Any ideas whose palm you need to grease to get some works contracts here, Blue Owl?. You know the name of the game, a bit of u-scratch-my-back works wonders.
Who / what is this Burbymonster lunatic?. If you genuinely believe it it possible to bribe your way into contracts or out of trouble, would you make a public knowledge of it?. This is a schoolkid playing a prank, or an adult with the mind of a child.
[quote][p][bold]Blurby Monster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Well what good news, the opportunity to Develop a disused site, with the possibility of Thousands of Jobs, which will help replace those lost when BAE System's closed the site, formerly ROF The Parish Council along with SDC are already inputting to the scheme alternative cycle, pedestrian routes to mitigate possible conflicts between motorist and other road users, as they have to now, under legislation. It's so easy to forget what traffic was generated on a daily basis when the previous workers were attending the Site!! Bring it on " More Good News for Puriton, Bridgwater, & Sedgmoor.. Regards Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]Any ideas whose palm you need to grease to get some works contracts here, Blue Owl?. You know the name of the game, a bit of u-scratch-my-back works wonders.[/p][/quote]Who / what is this Burbymonster lunatic?. If you genuinely believe it it possible to bribe your way into contracts or out of trouble, would you make a public knowledge of it?. This is a schoolkid playing a prank, or an adult with the mind of a child. Old Phucker

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