Published: Thursday, 4th February 2016
Outline proposals for a residential-led mixed use urban extension in south west Taunton involving up to 2,000 new homes, some 25 per cent of which will be affordable, have been approved.
The scheme is in line with the planning authority’s approved Core Strategy. The proposals also involve up to 5.25-hectares of employment land, a new primary school and local centre as well as a “park and bus” facility and a spine road. The project has been developed by a consortium which includes Taylor Wimpey UK, Mactaggart & Mickel Ltd, Bovis Homes Ltd and Summerfield Developments.
The development is conditional on a phasing and place-making strategy from the developers as well as a neighbourhood master plan and design guide for the project.
Among the conditions are that no phase of the development shall be occupied or brought into use until the part of the spine road that provides access to that phase has been constructed.
The outline permission also makes it clear that no more than 350 dwellings shall be occupied on the development site as a whole before the primary school and pre-school facility have been built.
The scheme has been in the planning stage for three years. The next stage will see the plans being refined at workshops with community groups before the developers seek full planning permission.