Nexus 25 is a new, strategically important employment site located at J25 of the M5 at Taunton. LHC were commissioned to produce the Design Guide and Masterplan to form part of a Local Development Order submission. The LDO set out the guidelines for the development on the site and was approved by Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) in late 2018.
The site will provide a range of flexible accommodation for research & development, health, education and digital technology alongside high quality office space, light industrial and warehouses. Designed as a Green Campus, the site will include landscaping to create an environment in line with Taunton’s new Garden Town status.
Taunton Deane Borough Council
Urban Design & Masterplanning
LDO approved 2018
Nexus 25 will create new jobs while contributing to TDBC’s ambitious growth plans for Taunton. Road access to the site is being provided following completion of the Somerset County Council’s Junction 25 improvement scheme which is currently underway.
LDOs were introduced by the government to enable Local Planning Authorities to speed up the implementation of planned developments, while ensuring that all the usual environmental and planning safeguards are applied. The plans for Nexus 25 were unveiled in March 2017, followed by an informal and statutory consultation where residents and other stakeholders were invited to comment.
The LDO sets out the extent and nature of the proposed development together with all the planning and design requirements that any proposals must meet. Developers must demonstrate to the Council that their proposals satisfy the requirements of the LDO in order for them to proceed.
LHC Design worked with Stantec on behalf of the Council. Henry Boot Developments are now bringing forward the proposals.