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70 new homes planned for next phase of major Taunton development Bath City News

Plans for the next phase of a major development in the west end of the county town of Somerset have been revealed.

Taylor Wimpey and Vistry Group are currently constructing the Orchard Grove development, which will see the delivery of 2,000 homes on the west end of Taunton by 2028. Construction continues apace on new homes, along with 1 500 meters of new roads and the completion of the new roundabout linking the site to the Wellington A38 road.

Taylor Wimpey has now presented plans for the next phase, comprising 70 homes, on the northern edge of the site, with Somerset West and Taunton Council due to make a decision on the proposals by summer. This final phase is on the north side of the main road through the site, which will link the A38 to Honiton Road via the new primary school.

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The majority of the 70 homes in this phase will be located close to a “garden park” (or “pocket park”) that will provide play facilities and open green spaces for neighboring residents. A small number – up to 14 homes – will be created in larger green spaces to the north, dubbed Hilltops and North Park, which will act as a buffer between the Orchard Grove site and existing homes on Highfield Crescent and Jeffreys Way.

Of the 70 housing units delivered as part of this phase, which range from T2 to T5, 12 will be affordable, five of which will be made available in condominiums. A spokesman for Barton Willmore (representing the developer) said: “Special attention has been given to the design of the development, to be in keeping with the character of the surrounding area.

“The proposal provides for a good mix of housing types, including two-storey homes. The combination of these will provide a balanced community, which meets market needs. The proposals also provide for 12 new affordable homes to help meet needs affordable premises.

(Photo: Barton Willmore)

The Orchard Grove site is also known as the Comeytrowe Urban Extension – one of three urban extensions which will provide the bulk of housing growth in Taunton over the next few years. Phase two of the Monkton Heathfield urban extension on the north-eastern outskirts of the city – comprising 1,210 homes, a job plot, a new school and other facilities – is currently open for public consultation, with a decision expected later in the year.

A decision is also expected shortly on proposals that could unlock the Staplegrove urban extension in the northwest of the city, with developers hoping to create a green buffer zone to protect the site of the Quantock Hills Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty. (AONB). Orchard Grove’s latest application follows approval of plans for 166 homes elsewhere on the site in June 2021 (although legal agreements were not reached until February 2022).

The council must also make decisions on pocket park proposals and plans for 126 houses spread over two separate plots in the northern part of the site. If approved, the pocket park and new housing estates are expected to be delivered by the end of the year, with the new school expected to open in September 2023.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-20 23:00:00

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