Driving up design standards in Taunton Deane

19 July 2018

Experts ‘Design Action’ have been commissioned to prepare a new residential Design Guide for Taunton Deane to drive up standards in the Borough.

The important document will supplement existing adopted planning policies and provide more detailed design guidance for new developments and help to ensure its high quality.

Funding comes from a bid for Planning Delivery funding earlier this year where the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government awarded £258,000 to prepare the guide and also to recruit an in-house urban designer.

“The urban designer will be providing input into proposed schemes so driving up the standards of new development,” said Councillor Roger Habgood, Executive member for planning policy and transport.  “There is significant new development planned in the Deane, particularly through Taunton’s new garden communities.”

The funding will help deliver:

Government funding secured by the council’s joint planning policy team includes:

Work on the Taunton Deane guide is due to start in August and is likely to be completed in March 2019.  The Guide will be underpinned by extensive engagement with local communities, developers, officers and Councillors who will all play a key role in shaping the document.