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50m agricultural centre to open
Artist's impression of the Regional Rural Business Centre
The centre is expected to open in 2008
A one-stop 50m regional agricultural centre is to be built in Somerset.

Developers David Mead have been given approval for a centre that combines a livestock market, milk processing plant, farm and machinery shops.

Around 1,000 jobs will be created constructing and running the Regional Rural Business Centre at North Petherton near Bridgwater.

The centre is to open in 2007, and is expected to replace Taunton and Highbridge livestock markets.

Sedgemoor District Council gave planning permission for the land off the M5 motorway after four years of negotiations.

The National Farmers' Union said: "With its strategic location, and given the quality of the development envisaged, the centre has the potential to become a real asset in the future development of the industry."

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