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Connecting our Garden Communities Consultation

29 July 2022 : Council news, Community, Planning and development

Somerset West and Taunton is holding a public consultation on its plans for a network of walking and cycling routes which would connect key developments (the Garden Communities) across Taunton Garden Town.

The Connecting our Garden Communities consultation runs from today (29 July) for nine weeks until 30 September 2022.

The plan and more information can be found on our website and via our consultation portal where people can view and comment directly on an interactive map, respond to survey questions and review all of the supporting material.

The plan builds on and complements the existing Taunton Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) and is designed to ensure that futureproofed walking and cycling infrastructure accompanies the delivery of key developments.

It aims to ensure that the Garden Communities at Comeytrowe, Staplegrove, Monkton Heathfield, Nerrols, Ford Farm, Firepool and Nexus25, link in to the strategic routes identified in the LCWIP; and connect to key services and facilities beyond their site boundaries.

When adopted the plan will be a material consideration in the determination of relevant planning applications and masterplanning activities, ensuring they knit into and integrate with existing communities.

Cllr Mike Rigby, Executive Member for Planning and Transport, said: “Increasing levels of walking and cycling is central to our Vision for Taunton Garden Town.

"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 and creating sustainable developments for future generations.

“Connecting our Garden Communities is about realising this vision in relation to the major new developments planned and taking place around Taunton Garden Town. It will help to inform joined-up decision making.

“I would encourage everyone to take a look at the draft plan and have their say on this important document which will improve walking and cycling facilities for everyone in Taunton encouraging healthier and more sustainable journey choices.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Taunton Area Cycling Campaign for the tremendous support and expertise they have provided working with us on options, ideas and solutions.”

The Council’s Executive Committee approved the draft plan for consultation at its meeting on 20 July. The final plan, taking account of feedback received, will return to Executive Committee in the autumn before going to Full Council for final approval.