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Gravity Local Development Order

Event organised by ICE

20 September 2023
18:30 - 20:00 BST (GMT+1)
Creative Innovation Centre CIC
The Memorial Hall
Paul Street
Taunton, TA1 3PF
United Kingdom

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The Gravity site in Somerset is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the economy and bring forward a new industrial revolution. It will create more than 7,500 new and high-value jobs centred on advanced manufacturing.

The Gravity Local Development Order (LDO) was adopted by Sedgemoor District Council in February 2022 for the 616-acre site. This has established a fast-track planning regime to enable implementation. The Gravity site has the ability to host large scale advanced manufacturing facilities for the UK, targeting giga factory scale developments to expedite progress toward transport decarbonisation.

The Gravity LDO has consented up to 1.1million square meters of employment floorspace, up to 750 associated dwellings and reinstatement of a redundant rail line as part of a smart campus, designed to facilitate giga scale advanced manufacturing floorspace which in turn will stimulate and initiate economic restructuring for a clean growth economy in Somerset, the region and wider UK.

The Gravity LDO represents one of the largest LDOs ever delivered and in a very short timeframe. Sam Harper of Stantec will explore the reasons for this including the Local Planning Authority’s long-term strategy for reinventing the brownfield site, the positive stakeholder approach taken throughout, and how the LDO is the right tool for this Enterprise Zone site.

A place to work, live and play, Gravity will be a campus that attracts international inward investment and well-paid jobs, new supply chain opportunities, supported with world class training and education. Gravity is not business as usual; it is a trailblazing place for a changing economy that takes fast action on climate change. This will help to bring local benefits and support a more sustainable future.

The event is hosted by the ICE Taunton City Club. Doors to the venue open at 18:00, so why not get there early and start the conversation with your fellow attendees!


18:00 - 18:30

Doors open and networking

18:30 - 20:00

Main event


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Sam Harper

Sam Harper


director of planning

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Sam Harper

Sam is a chartered town planner with more than 15 years' experience working in both the public and private sectors. Sam has an MA in Town and Country Planning, graduating with distinction from the University of the West of England in 2012. He achieved chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute in October 2013.

Sam is a Director at Stantec and leads the town planning team in the South West across the Bristol, Exeter and Taunton offices. He advises public, private and institutional clients on all aspects of planning work. Sam’s experience in the region includes Hinkley Point C, Gravity Smart Campus and the production of the Swindon Town Investment Plan.