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Council acquires affordable homes for rent

26 February 2020 : Housing news

SWT is working to deliver more affordable homes across the district and has recently purchased 10 new properties for social rent in North Taunton.

The two and three bedroom properties with private parking were built to a high specification by Summerfield Homes.

Tenants who live in the homes at Pyrland Fields will benefit from affordable rents and a secure council tenancy which means they have a settled home.

Cllr Fran Smith, Executive Member for Housing, said: “SWT is committed to increasing the number of quality affordable homes in the district to try to reduce the number of people requiring accommodation.

These wonderful homes along with those we are building at Laxton Road and our large development in North Taunton are great examples of our commitment. Over the coming months we hope to announce more developments.”

Summerfield Homes Divisional Director, Ed Khodabandehloo, said: “It has been great dealing with the team at Somerset West and Taunton on this transaction.

We are very pleased to be contributing to the Council’s directly owned affordable housing stock and are confident that these houses will provide great homes for the community.”

The Council is increasing its affordable housing stock in line with the approved
30 year business plan for its housing service.

The plan includes a commitment to build 1,000 new homes over the next 30 years but some acquisitions from the market are taking place to accelerate provision.