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Connecting our Garden Communities

Connecting our Garden Communities is a plan for ensuring high quality walking and cycling infrastructure accompanies the delivery of key developments across Taunton Garden Town.

We want to hear from you!

The Council is seeking views from the public, local communities, technical stakeholders and the development industry on a draft plan. Wide engagement and participation is an important part of developing an effective plan, and community buy-in will be integral to successful scheme delivery. Therefore we want to know what you think. Consultation runs from 29 July 2022 until 30 September 2022.

To respond to the consultation, we encourage you to use the consultation portal. Here you can view and comment directly on an interactive map, respond to survey questions and review all of the supporting material.

Alternatively, comments can be emailed to or posted to:

Planning Policy and Implementation Team
Somerset West and Taunton Council
Deane House
Belvedere Rd

The Draft Plan

The draft plan and consultation documents can be viewed on the consultation portal.

The Connecting our Garden Communities plan sets out our aspirations for delivery of a network of walking and cycling routes across the town, intended to meet the needs of future residents and workers in connection with new developments (Garden Communities) as well as improve connections for existing communities.

The plan:

  • Considers key off-site services that people living on the Garden Communities will need to access,
  • Considers how existing communities can access services within the new Garden Communities,
  • Appraises route options, and
  • Proposes a network plan identifying “core” “aspirational” and “other connecting” routes.

The plan doesn’t focus on detailed design, which will follow. It focuses on the routes themselves.

Increasing levels of walking and cycling is central to the Vision for our Garden Town. We want our citizens to feel confident and safe to walk and cycle more through the creation of better places, linked through a network of connected routes.

We believe this will help to create a healthier, more sustainable, economically vibrant, safe and social place, and make Taunton a truly great place to live and work. This plan can help people to make the healthy and sustainable choices they want and need to, with infrastructure that can ensure their journeys are safe, comfortable, attractive, direct and part of a coherent network.

Our Climate Emergency commitment to working towards carbon neutrality by 2030 sharpens the focus. Through our Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience (CNCR) Action Plan we commit to working towards Taunton becoming a Beacon Cycling Town – this plan is central to achieving that target.

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