A FORMER water filtration works on the old Royal Ordnance Factory site between Puriton and Woolavington is set to become a farmstead community of six homes.

Under plans for the Gravity clean growth campus, the disused Knowle Hill site will be transformed into a small, low carbon community.

Gravity will be a 635 acre smart campus with industry focusing on clean growth from artificial intelligence to electric cars.

For 12 years, the site at Knowle Hill has been redundant. Originally developed as a water filtration works during the Second World War to service the Royal Ordnance Factory, the works were finally closed in 2008.

A spokesman for This is Gravity Ltd said: “With the ROF now closed and in remediation, we are now working up plans to reimagine Knowle Hill as a small, low carbon community which makes the most of its unique and green surroundings to improve the appearance of the site and make a positive contribution to the locality.”

The plans are being put together with designers Origin3 and planning consultants Stantec.

The This is Gravity spokesman added: “After refining our plans, we will submit a planning application to Sedgemoor District Council this autumn.

“If our plans are approved, work to prepare the Knowle Hill site could begin from mid-2021.”

“These plans for Knowle Hill in Bawdrip parish are a small part of our overall ambition to regenerate ROF37 as a smart campus for sustainable businesses, creating new employment opportunities into the future.”

It is hoped the Gravity campus will create up to 4,000 jobs and attract world-leading firms to Bridgwater.

Anyone with questions or feedback about the Knowle Hill development is asked to email gravity@social.co.uk