Sedgemoor District Council has unveiled more details about Bridgwater’s Northgate development.
The site will see a six-screen cinema, four restaurants, a gym and 111 parking spaces as well as improved open space on the Brewery Field.
The council says it will investing millions of money to “establish a thriving day time and evening town centre economy” and improve the town.
Northgate is said to provide a great new space for people to enjoy their leisure time, as well as link to Bridgwater’s existing town centre shops, bars and restaurants.
A budget to fund the preparatory works for redevelopment of the Northgate site, Mount Street and improvements to the Brewery Field was agreed at a closed-doors meeting at Sedgemoor District Council.
A business case has been agreed but exact costs are unknown at present.
The scheme will be funded by Sedgemoor District Council with no central government funding.
The entire site was originally jointly-owned between Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset County Council.
Sedgemoor District Council previously prepared a masterplan and planning application, which included provision for a leisure scheme, primary school, retail, additional town centre car parking and enhancement of the Brewery Field open space.
A new school, Northgate Primary School, is now open alongside the new Blake car park with further plans for Aldi to relocate to the site.
A spokeswoman for Sedgemoor District Council stressed that there is still a little way to go before any building works get underway on the remainder of the site.
The processes that need to happen are:
- Put together a design team who will carry out surveys and agree terms with a cinema operator plus the gym or one restaurant.
- Design team instructed to progress planning scheme
- Design team instructed to progress tender
- Appoint contractors and start construction in June 2019
- Potential opening date of Spring 2021
Sedgemoor District Council will release further details at a later date.
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