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Former glove factory in Yeovil part of 7m development

Artist's impression of how the site will look
The old factory building was constructed in 1870

Work is set to start on a £7m development in Somerset, centred around a former glove factory.

The development in Yeovil will include 27 houses, 10 apartments, three shops, office space and a promenade.

The factory itself, a listed building since 2006, will be turned into a cafe and courtyard.

Work is expected to start in early February, once the site is cleared, and the project should be completed by 2012.

'Landmark site'

The project is being headed by the town's regeneration team Yeovil Vision.

South Somerset district councillor Tony Fife said: "This is a landmark site and links in with the newly improved South Western Terrace and Reckleford areas.

"It is part of a much larger picture that will help deliver the town's potential."

The Foundry House, which once housed Ewens and Johnson Gloveworks, was constructed in 1870.

Mr Fife said: "This has been one of the most complex sites to develop I have ever experienced, in the oldest part of the town with so many services to divert.

"We have worked through these one by one and now we can hand the site over and Zero C can get going."

Kim Slowe, managing director at developer Zero C, said: "We see it as an excellent opportunity to develop a scheme that represents the very best in urban design and sustainability."

There will be temporary diversions of cycle routes and footpaths while work is ongoing.

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