Homes demolished as work starts on £12million development at Creechbarrow Road

This is The West Country: The launch of the new council homes scheme - pictured in front are Cllr Jean Adkins and Mike Day, of Knightstone Housing. The launch of the new council homes scheme - pictured in front are Cllr Jean Adkins and Mike Day, of Knightstone Housing.

DOZENS of properties have been reduced to rubble to make way for the building of the first council homes in Taunton for over 20 years.

The £12million flats and houses scheme will see Taunton Deane Council constructing 60 homes and Knighstone Housing putting up 30 in Creechbarrow Road.

The development represents a significant increase in better quality affordable homes that are cheaper to run thanks to high construction standards, while there will also be two blocks of flats for the active elderly and a communal play area.

Cllr Jean Adkins (Conservative), who holds the council’s housing services portfolio, said: “I’m used to wearing a hard hat from the days when I sold new homes, but I’m so excited to wear one now that I’m partly responsible for building the first council houses in Taunton Deane for so many years. It is a great privilege.”

Mike Day, director of development and homeownership at Knightstone, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Taunton Deane Council at Creechbarrow Road, helping them to complete their first development in over 20 years. It’s an exciting time.

“We’ve worked closely with the council for 40 years and are confident that this new development will provide residents with affordable homes built to a high standard.”

The Deane is able to build its own houses due to reforms in the way council housing is financed – previously the authority had to hand some of its rental income to Government.

But a change in the system means the council can now keep all the rental income, releasing money for new-build schemes as well as ensuring existing homes are kept in good repair.

Ward councillor Tim Slattery (LibDem) said: “This is great news for residents and it will be very exciting to follow the progress of the development and see people that are in need of a home of their own moving into their new property.

“This is a hugely significant moment for Halcon and our council and something I am immensely proud to be part of.”

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11:01pm Fri 18 Apr 14

somersetvoyager says...

Three people in this article have stated they are very excited. So that's got to be good, hasn't it?
Three people in this article have stated they are very excited. So that's got to be good, hasn't it? somersetvoyager
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11:37am Sat 19 Apr 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

somersetvoyager wrote:
Three people in this article have stated they are very excited. So that's got to be good, hasn't it?
Well the first one was only excited about wearing a hard hat, so I'm not sure if that counts...
[quote][p][bold]somersetvoyager[/bold] wrote: Three people in this article have stated they are very excited. So that's got to be good, hasn't it?[/p][/quote]Well the first one was only excited about wearing a hard hat, so I'm not sure if that counts... GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 6

6:59pm Sat 19 Apr 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Hopefully only the decent residents of who there are many are allowed back when complete and those with no regard for their neighbours or the properties are sent packing.
Hopefully only the decent residents of who there are many are allowed back when complete and those with no regard for their neighbours or the properties are sent packing. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 9

12:57pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Little_Owly says...

Where have all the residents gone in the meantime?
Where have all the residents gone in the meantime? Little_Owly
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1:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Mi_Coc says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Hopefully only the decent residents of who there are many are allowed back when complete and those with no regard for their neighbours or the properties are sent packing.
mots of the bad ones have been moved to priorswood which if you ask the police is now the new crime hotspot. Chance for the area to start and fresh and shake off its bad rep.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Hopefully only the decent residents of who there are many are allowed back when complete and those with no regard for their neighbours or the properties are sent packing.[/p][/quote]mots of the bad ones have been moved to priorswood which if you ask the police is now the new crime hotspot. Chance for the area to start and fresh and shake off its bad rep. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 0

1:06pm Tue 22 Apr 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Wrong that Priorswood should have the dregs of society foisted upon them, an island in the Shetlands would surely have been more suited or perhaps Poole tip now it's closed.
Wrong that Priorswood should have the dregs of society foisted upon them, an island in the Shetlands would surely have been more suited or perhaps Poole tip now it's closed. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 5

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