PREPARATION work has started on a complex of 88 assisted living extra care apartments off Taunton town centre.

A construction team has begun clearing the site and preparing the groundwork at the former Quantock House, in Paul Street.

Once it is completed, work will start on laying the foundations for the apartments for the over 55s.

Quantock House was demolished in 2017 and Affordable Housing and Healthcare Group (AHH) - formerly Quantum - won planning permission for the development last year.

Christine O'Grady, AHH community engagement manager, said: "Our vision is to revitalise the area on Paul Street where the old DEFRA office block was situated.

"We will provide 88 extra care apartments on this site, within an iconic building that will become a great landmark for the town centre.

"Plans include rooftop gardens, private outdoor areas for residents and the installation of public art.

"On the ground floor, there will be communal facilities for both residents and members of the public to enjoy.

"We will be keeping in touch with our immediate neighbours during this phase, and are mindful of health and safety and minimal disruption to passer bys and local residents."