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Plans for a new “garden park” to support residents of the new homes on the western outskirts of Taunton have been released by the developers.

Up to 2,000 homes will eventually be built between the A38 Wellington Road and Honiton Road, along with a new primary school, employment units and a ‘park and bus’ facility.

Somerset West and Taunton Council have already granted permission for several plots of land on the site, dubbed Orchard Grove – most recently in late June, where its planning committee approved plans for 166 houses on either side of the new secondary road .

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Now the developers have presented plans for the first of several large green spaces planned throughout the urban sprawl, with the council planning to grant permission for the installation by the end of the year.

The new “garden park” (or “pocket park”) will include a 400m² playground, providing “an accessible, common and safe space to relax, play and socialize”.

The area will also include cycle and walking paths, tree-lined hedges and wildflower meadows, with the aim of reflecting both existing facilities in Taunton (such as Longrun Meadow) and the open countryside at the far end. western development.

(Image: Barton Willmore Partnership)

Up to 100 acres of open green space will eventually be provided in the urban extension, which will be built in phases by 2028.

Sue Scholfield of the Vistry Group – which is part of the Orchard Grove Consortium – said: “This is a very exciting step in the creation of Orchard Grove, and we are committed to delivering on our Green Promise from the start of its development. development.

“Outdoor spaces will be an important part of the First Quarter, providing a safe and accessible space for families to have fun and play, while encouraging children to explore the great outdoors.

“Located near homes, residents can use these ‘pocket parks’ for everything from a neighborhood meeting to a family picnic, or simply as a place to relax and enjoy their surroundings.

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“We are not only providing new homes, but also a sustainable and green community that has been created with the local environment as a source of inspiration.

“With high quality new homes, facilities, shared amenities and an abundance of outdoor space, Orchard Grove will truly be a new community with a green difference.”

Glynnis Poole, Technical Director of Planning and Sustainability for LiveWest, added: “We put sustainability at the heart of everything we do and are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations to create a clean future. and sustainable for our customers.

“We welcome these plans for a new park and play area in Comeytrowe that will foster community spirit and a sense of well-being for families.

(Image: Barton Willmore Partnership)

The council is expected to make a decision on the garden park proposals before Christmas.

It is currently unclear whether the plans will be submitted to its planning committee for a public decision.

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This notice was published: 2021-07-22 04:00:00

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