Demolition of County Council Northgate site

The next step towards opening up Bridgwater’s Northgate site for future development will be taken next month with the demolition of buildings on site.

Unused buildings on the County Council-owned part of the site are to be knocked down, with work due to start on 13 April and be completed by September.

This follows the recent decision by Tesco Stores Ltd not to proceed with its purchase of the site to the north of the town centre which is jointly-owned by Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council.

The Blake and Northgate offices and the Bridgwater Enterprise Centre for adults will be demolished. Sedgemoor District Council, the authority responsible for planning, has given the go-ahead for the demolition.

Cllr David Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Resources at Somerset County Council, said: “We know this is a pivotal site in Bridgwater and will be working closely with our colleagues at Sedgemoor District Council to plan the next steps to make best use of it.

“This demolition helps prepare the site for future development and business opportunities that the town deserves.”

Notes to editors
• County Council services and staff previously located in buildings on Northgate have been co-located with Sedgemoor District Council since autumn 2013 as part of the County Council’s Smart Office Programme.
• Joint negotiations between Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council and Tesco Stores Ltd concluded last month, following Tesco Stores Ltd decision not to proceed with the development. The terms of the agreement are confidential between the parties but include full recovery of the Council’s costs and retention of the land.