Landmark Argos depot next to M5 to be transformed as plans approved
A former Argos depot next to the M5 in Somerset is set to be transformed as plans are approved. The green light has been given to proposals to create a large Park and Ride facility for Hinkley Point C (HPC) workers at the location.
HPC already operates a number of Park and Rides in the area. However, the firm has revealed more space is needed as staff numbers at the nuclear power station construction site are expected to be considerably higher that initial estimations.
The new facility, which is planned to be temporary, is set to be created at the former Argos Distribution Depot at Huntworth Business Park near junction 24 of the M5. The Park and Ride facility would be used solely by workers of HPC.
A planning application for the scheme was recently approved by Somerset Council. A decision notice states permission has been granted providing the change of use ceases within five years.
600 car parking spaces and 36 bus parking spaces are set to be made available at the proposed facility. This would be in addition to the existing 539 space HPC Park and Ride facility located immediately to the south west of the site.
According to planning documents, the existing HPC Park and Ride sites that currently operate at M5 junctions 23, 24 and 25 are "at or near capacity". It was initially estimated that the workforce at HPC would peak at 5,600, but it is now estimated that this will increase to around 8,500.
Planning documents state: "The purpose of the proposed development is to improve accessibility to the Hinkley Point C site by providing additional park and ride capacity adjacent to the existing Park and Ride facility at junction 24 while also providing additional warehouse capacity as the project moves into the peak phase of construction. The facility will be temporary and will cease operation at the point when Hinkley Point C is fully operational."
Planning documents also show the creation of a new HPC storage facility within the existing warehouse building on the site. HPC has reached an agreement to lease the site for five years.
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