At the gateway to the Mendip Hills, Midsomer Norton, a historic market town with a distinctive character lies at the heart of the Somer Valley. Today the town offers high employment, a beautiful setting to live and work in, as well as being a distinctive destination to visit for leisure activities. Midsomer Norton is set to grow with 2,500 new homes and 1,700 new jobs within walking distance of the town centre, which could stimulate demand for quality retail, leisure, and cultural services.
Up to £793,000 has been awarded to Bath & North East Somerset Council for a High Streets Heritage Action Zone to capitalise on this opportunity. The project will revitalise the Town Hall and The Island – the medieval core of Midsomer Norton – creating a new public space for markets, arts and cultural events. There will also be work to improve pedestrian access across the town, and a scheme to repair historic shopfronts.
Midsomer Norton has a dynamic community spirit and a reputation for taking action. Working with local partners and building on existing events and festivals, the town are creating opportunities for new cultural celebrations themed around the town’s heritage and designed to attract new and wider audiences.
The city of Bath is only half an hour’s drive away with the A367 to the North East and Bristol lies to the North West via the A37. To the south on the A39 lies the Cathedral City of Wells. The town benefits from regular local bus services backed by a range of community transport options.
Midsomer Norton has two main and well-established industrial estates. Midsomer Enterprise Park lies to the north of the town centre on the Radstock Road with good links to Bath and Bristol. Along with a range of unit and building types, the enterprise park offers tenants managed office space including telephone answering, postal services, conference space for hire and an address for home-based businesses. With similar services, Paulton House offers in addition bookkeeping, admin and training services as well as meeting, conference and training rooms (office sizes range from 72 sq ft upwards).
The town offers a range of good schools catering for all ages, from early years through to 16+ (sixth Forms and college). Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus is based in Westfield, between Midsomer Norton (2.5 miles from the town centre) and Radstock and serves the local area. Specialising in practical trades such as animal care, engineering and construction.