Somer Valley development sites

The Somer Valley area, to the south of the city of Bath, contains two towns (Midsomer Norton and Radstock) and six parishes, and has a usual resident population of about 39,848. The historic city of Bath is only half an hour’s drive away with the A367 to the North East and Bristol lies to the North West via the A37. To the south on the A39 lies the Cathedral City of Wells. Bath and Bristol provide regular rail links to London (only 90 minutes journey time).  The town benefits from regular local bus services backed by a range of community transport options. Connectivity to the M4 and M5 lies to the north and west.

Somer Valley Enterprise Zone

Indicative outline of the Somer Valley Enterprise Zone site

Above image shows indicative outline of Somer Valley Enterprise Zone site

A number of key development sites have recently been designated as an Enterprise Zone by the Government.  These sites will therefore offer a range of incentives to businesses moving to those sites.  Find out more about Enterprise Zones.

The Bath and Somer Valley Enterprise Zone will provide new locations for homes, businesses and leisure activities. The Enterprise Zone has the potential to generate significant new investment, providing up to 10,000 new private sector jobs and over 3,000 new homes for the region.

The Somer Valley Enterprise Zone site is located at Old Mills, a greenfield site extending 13.5 hectares on the western edge of Midsomer Norton. It has been allocated in the B&NES Core Strategy and Placemaking Plan for employment uses and once developed could create 1,700 new jobs for local people and 54,000 square metres of commercial space.

The site has the potential to provide new jobs for residents in the Somer Valley, many of whom out-commute to work. 

The Council is currently undertaking work to bring forward improvements to transport links as well as finding the best way to support the development of the site. Background information about the development and potential benefits were on display as part of the Council’s Local Plan consultation events between November 2018 and January 2019 for information. The exhibition boards are also available to view here.