New developments could halt ‘mass exodus’ of workers leaving town

Weston Gateway

Weston Gateway

Two new developments on the edge of Weston-super-Mare could halt the “mass exodus” of workers leaving the town on their daily commutes, say the property consultants involved with the South Gate and Central Gate developments.

Ian Wills of property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle, who are marketing the site along with Alder King, comments:

“No one could argue that Weston hasn’t been a town in decline for a number of years, decades even, with private sector employment opportunities being extremely limited leading to a daily mass exodus of workers.”

However, he believes that the granting of planning permission for the 185,000 sq ft South Gate and its sister site, the 91,000 sq ft Central Gate, both located at Weston Gateway Business Park at Junction 21 will reduce the number of out-commuters.

“These new development sites, coupled with other areas of regeneration taking place across Weston, indicate that the town has now turned an economic corner.”

Mr Wills further comments that not only are both sites located just one minute from Junction 21 of the M5, but are also only a short distance from rail and air links, providing superb connectivity for would-be occupiers.

Adding: “In addition, the site is within the proposed Enterprise Area which has significant benefits in terms of super-fast broadband provision and simplified planning protocols.”

Ben Trickey of developers Summerfield, who along with Abbey Manor Group are behind the venture adds: “The last few years have seen millions of pounds from both private and public funds pumped into Weston regeneration projects, including the new Grand Pier, seafront enhancement scheme, Dolphin Square redevelopment, Knightstone Island and the proposed £50 million leisure dome.

“We are confident we can build on and add to this momentum with these two schemes which will be of enormous interest to ambitious businesses and other organisations looking for flexible and well-connected locations. We have already had a number of enquiries and this is an exciting time as we prepare to unlock the business potential of the town.”

Although initially earmarked for offices, the sites’ developers Summerfield and Abbey Manor Group are also encouraging proposals for alternative uses including research and development, manufacturing, hotels, medical or educational.

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