Taylor Wimpey backtracks on Somerdale conditions

Before a brick has been put in place at the Somerdale redevelopment, builders Taylor Wimpey are looking to vary their obligation to provide employment space at the site.

One of the conditions attached to the outline planning permission granted by B&NES Council last September was the refurbishment of the old Cadbury’s factory buildings B and C to provide employment space for up to 1,000 people.

However tomorrow (Wednesday 15th January), the  council’s development control committee was being asked to consider an alternative in which only partial rebuilding would take place until such time as an occupant was identified for the office space. If no tenant could be found within a five-year period, then Taylor Wimpey would make a financial contribution towards alternative  employment space elsewhere.

Demolition work underway at Somerdale

Demolition work underway at Somerdale

When the original planning proposal was considered last September, committee members were told there were already two tenants looking to move onto the Somerdale site, one of them the drinks firm Matthew Clark.