'Plans will bring jobs'

EXCITING proposals to build a £30 million business park near Clevedon have been submitted to planners. Rok Development has applied to North Somerset Council

EXCITING proposals to build a £30 million business park near Clevedon have been submitted to planners.Rok Development has applied to North Somerset Council for outline planning permission to build on a 20-acre site at Kenn Road, opposite Kenn Business Park. The development will see the creation of 330,000 sq ft of commercial units, which, when occupied, could create 900 new jobs for the town.Rok Development said this week it had already received interest from 20 companies interested in relocating to the park.The news has been welcomed by local business leaders, who say the park will provide much needed employment space and create local jobs.President of Clevedon Chamber of Trade and Commerce, David Hendey, said: "The chamber fully supports this application and we know there is significant demand from local businesses looking to expand and others who want to come to town which at present we cannot accommodate."The application follows a detailed consultation with the local community last summer, which included a public exhibition in June which was attended by 120 people.Director of Rok Development's Bristol Office, Simon Tothill said: "We have received invaluable feedback during the pre-planning consultation period and we are looking to provide a range of measures to address the issues raised. These include enhanced pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities, traffic management measures to reduce the speed limit along Kenn Road, financial contributions towards the enhancement of bus services and the creation of two new bus stops as well as money towards a new footpath on the western side of Kenn Road."Mr Tothill said the buildings would also be carefully designed and landscaped to fit in with their surroundings.

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