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New Almshouses in central Taunton

— 21 Aug 2020 by Hayley Warner

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A fantastic result yesterday where we achieved Planning and Listed Building Consent for new Almshouses in central Taunton. The committee of Local Councillors who unanimously voted in favour of the scheme with 12 out of 12 votes provided the following feedback:

“Very good example of putting houses in where sorely needed”

“Right scheme carefully considered”

“The best designed planning application I have seen presented to this committee – fantastic scheme”

“Carefully thought through – the design looks good.”

“5 Star – absolute gold standard”

We were appointed by Taunton Heritage Trust to design a new Almshouse facility which would include 11 new flats, a community hall and new offices for the Trust’s staff. The site lies over the old town defence ditch within Taunton St Mary and St James Conservation Area next to St Mary Magdalene Church. The proposals involve the demolition of the existing Corfield Hall to make way for a sensitively designed three storey building.

Working closely with the client; Mark Raby and Dave Bridges prepared a design which went through several stages of pre-application consultation with Somerset West and Taunton Council Planning and Conservation Officers, Historic England and the South West Design Review Panel. Sunlight and Daylight modelling was critical to ensure the design would not impact the neighbouring residential block.

We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to progressing this prestigious project to site in the near future.

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