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Ceremony marks the start of major housing regeneration scheme

22 September 2021 : Council news, Community, Planning and development

ENGIE and Somerset West and Taunton Council have celebrated the start of a major redevelopment scheme under the North Taunton Woolaway Project.

ENGIE was appointed in Spring 2021 as the main contractor for Phase A of the project, to regenerate five parcels of land on the estate, through to delivery of 47 new homes. The newly built homes will comprise 24 houses, 4 bungalows, 19 apartments and a new community centre.

Representatives from ENGIE and SWT took part in a ground-breaking ceremony at the site in Wells Close, Taunton, on Wednesday (22 September).

Cllr Fran Smith, Executive Member for Housing at Somerset West and Taunton Council, said “It’s been a very exciting day, marking the start of these works, which form part of the Council’s commitment to invest in our housing stock and amenities to deliver a good quality of life for residents and to develop new homes that meet local needs.

The works starting here form part of a wider scheme of development under this commitment, which, over the next few years, will see the delivery of 227 new build homes and refurbishment of 27 existing council properties through a phased approach, resulting in a net increase of 65 new homes within the overall scheme.”

ENGIE Project Manager, Shawn Helley, commented “We’re delighted to be starting works on the building of new, high quality homes which will regenerate and transform the estate for local residents.

“The new homes will also be highly energy efficient, with a range of measures being installed to each property including PV panels, triple glazing and air source heat pumps to support both ENGIE’ and Somerset West and Taunton Council’s net zero submissions.”