Go-ahead for mental health unit in Bridgwater

Plans to build a 62-bed mental health unit in Somerset have been given final approval by Sedgemoor District Council.

It will be situated near the A38 north of Bridgwater and will be built by developers Cygnet Healthcare.

Although the proposal was given initial approval in December, this was subject to fulfilling certain conditions.

These issues concerned wildlife protection, flood defence and highways which have now been addressed. The new unit will bring 180 jobs to the area.

In November, Cygnet offered to pay £100,000 to Avon and Somerset police over a period of three years.

This money would cover the police resources which the company believes the site would a drain on, with an estimated 40 incidents a year requiring police attention.

A second, independent mental health unit is planned for Wellington which is being developed by another company, Priory Group.

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