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Garden town approved in the South West

Words: Laura Edgar
Illustration of new Taunton community / Barton Willmore

Somerset and West Taunton Council has granted approval for 2,000 new homes, which will be part of a new community.

Designed on garden city principles, the neighbourhood will be built in south west Taunton.

It also includes a primary school, mixed-use local centre, employment and a ‘park and bus’ facility for 300 vehicles. Of the 2,000 homes, 350 have been designated as affordable.

Planning consultancy Barton Willmore secured the permission on behalf of a consortium of housebuilders, including Taylor Wimpey, Bovis Homes and Summerfield Developments.

The development will made up of two neighbourhoods connected by a network of green spaces. Barton Willmore said it will respect the local character of surrounding areas of Comeytrowe and Trull .

Barry Williams, urban design director at Barton Willmore, said: “By using the garden city principles, we have designed an environment that celebrates its landscape setting, promoting opportunities to adopt a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. We’ve provided opportunities to ‘grow-your-own’ food throughout the scheme, created an extensive network of footpaths and cycleways, and integrated large areas of attractive public open space, to create a neighbourhood people will love living in.”

Planning associate Lawrence Turner from Barton Willmore, said: “We are delighted that Somerset West and Taunton Council have approved this new community, which offers an exciting opportunity to create a sustainable and attractive urban extension to Taunton, which will contribute to creating more sustainable patterns of development. This inclusive new community will provide much needed housing for the area and will generate up to 3,300 new jobs over its lifetime and provide 5.25 hectares of employment land.”

The new community was promoted as a housing allocation through the council’s local plan and forms a "significant" part of Somerset and West Taunton Council’s housing land supply over the next 12 years.

Image credit | Barton Willmore