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Connecting our Garden Communities

The Connecting our Garden Communities plan sets out our aspirations for delivery of a network of walking, wheeling 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 Connecting our Garden Communities plan is due to be considered by the Council’s Executive Committee on 21 December 2022, and subsequently Full Council on 7 February 2023, seeking adoption as a material planning consideration in the preparation of masterplans, preapplication advice, assessing planning applications and any other development management purposes across Taunton Garden Town and as corporate policy to inform future policy and project development and funding bids within Taunton Garden Town.

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, wheel 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.

Draft plan consultation

The Council consulted the public, local communities, technical stakeholders and the development industry on a draft plan from 29 July 2022 until 30 September 2022. Whilst this consultation has now closed, you can view the draft documents and comments provided online via the consultation portal. A Consultation Statement is included in documents being considered by Executive Committee and Full Council (see links above), which sets out summaries of comments received, officer responses and how the proposed final plan document has changed as a result.

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