Nexus 25 is located at J25 of the M5 at Taunton. LHC were commissioned to produce the Design Guide and masterplan for this strategically important employment site, to be part of the Local Development Order submission. The LDO sets out the guidelines for the development on the site and was approved by Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) in late 2018.
LHC worked with Peter Brett Associates (PBA) on behalf of TDBC, with Henry Boot Developments now selected to bring forward the development.
Urban Design & Masterplanning
LDO approved December 2018
Nexus 25 will provide a range of flexible accommodation for research and development, health, education and digital technology alongside high quality office space, light industrial units and warehouses. Designed as a Green Campus, the site will include walkways and landscaping to create an environment in line with Taunton’s new Garden Town status. It will create new jobs while contributing to TDBC’s ambitious growth plans for Taunton. Road access to the site will be provided following completion of the Somerset County Council’s Junction 25 improvement scheme.
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.
Now approved, the LDO will set 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.