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Consultation underway for new rented Council homes

21 June 2021 : Council news, Housing news

Somerset West and Taunton Council is developing plans for new zero carbon homes in Taunton in line with its ambition to build 1,000 council homes across the district over the next 30 years.

The Council is now encouraging members of the public to have their say on proposals for 20 of these council-owned homes split across Churchill Way, Charter Walk, Wheatley Crescent, and the former Oxford Inn site on Roman Road.

Most of the sites are currently used as garages which the Council is redeveloping to provide high quality new affordable homes for social rent.

The budget for the scheme was recently approved by Full Council and work is now progressing on the plans.

People are being asked to give their opinions on the proposals in a consultation available on our website from 21 June for two weeks until 4 July.

Cllr Fran Smith, Executive Member for Housing said: “SWT is committed to providing more social housing to suit different members of the community.

“These developments are a fantastic opportunity for the Council to deliver much needed affordable homes in Taunton built to an ambitious energy efficient Zero Carbon standard.

“Social rented housing schemes like these will make a real difference to the quality of life for some of our eligible residents. We are keen to hear feedback on our proposals and I would encourage members of the public to take part in the survey.”

A planning application will be submitted following the consultation. All plans will be available on our website where members of the public are also able to comment formally through the planning process.

It is hoped to start construction in the early part of 2022 with the first properties available for rent in early 2023.