Residents discuss next phase of Firepool Lock regeneration in Taunton

15 October 2015

Residents gathered at the Museum of Somerset this week to discuss the next phase of Taunton’s Firepool Lock regeneration at a public exhibition held by Abbey Manor Developments Ltd and McCarthy & Stone.

The proposals that were on display will, if approved, regenerate the brownfield site with around 45 high-quality Retirement Living apartments for private sale, up to 10 two-bed open market apartments and 4 three-bed open market houses (a total of 59 new homes) along with professional landscaping and appropriate car parking. This scheme will provide the confidence and certainty to enable the investment in the redevelopment of the adjacent historic Pump House.

Around 35 people attended the exhibition to view the plans on the day following an invitation mailing to over 900 local residents and stakeholders. A number of senior community figures attended the exhibition, including the Leader of the Council, John Williams; the Executive Member for Planning, Roger Habgood and Councillor Libby Lisgo MBE who represents the ward.

Nigel Timmis, Managing Director at Abbey Manor Developments, said:

“The exhibition demonstrated that almost all residents and local community figures are excited about Taunton’s prospects in the near future, particularly the regeneration of Firepool Lock, to which these proposals contribute. People want to see quality development as soon as possible.”

“Our proposals are separate from but compliment the planning consent granted in 2013 to refurbish the Pump House, and respect the setting of this important of Grade II listed building.”

“This proposed new residential scheme will provide the confidence and certainty to enable the investment in the redevelopment of the adjacent historic Pump House and turn it into a destination building of which Taunton can be proud.”

Shane Paull, McCarthy and Stone’s Regional Managing Director, commented:

“The public exhibition was an excellent opportunity for us to understand the views of the local community and I would like to take this opportunity to thank people for their constructive comments and questions.”

“We have worked hard to ensure our proposals represent a sensitive redevelopment which complements the character of the local area as it develops. We believe this site is an ideal location to provide much-needed retirement accommodation in Taunton close to existing shops and services.

Anyone who was unable to attend the exhibition can visit the project’s dedicated website where they will have the opportunity to view the information which was on display. McCarthy and Stone would like to encourage those that have further questions to contact its dedicated freephone information line number on 0800 298 7040 or email