New affordable homes completed at Priorswood Place, Taunton
A development of six affordable homes in the Priorswood area of Taunton is now complete, with tenants moving in to their new homes by the end of the month.
The development provides two two-bedroom houses, two three-bedroomed houses and two four-bedroomed houses for affordable rent, built on a former garage site to the rear of a parade of shops.
Although only a small site, it was identified by Taunton Deane Borough Council as being in need of re-development and Curo, who recently developed a small block of flats adjacent to the site, were approached to work with the Council on the redevelopment. The land, owned by the Council, was transferred to Curo for £1 on the understanding that the site was used to provide affordable housing.
Victor da Cunha, Chief Executive of Curo, said: “Curo is ready and able to help bridge the gap between supply and demand and has plans and funding to build 250 new affordable homes a year in the region. Finding suitable sites and gaining planning permission for much-needed homes like these at Priorswood is our biggest challenge.”
The homes are all built to the ‘Lifetime Homes Standard’ meaning they are designed to be accessible, adaptable, inclusive and flexible to support the changing needs of individuals and families at different stages of life. As part of the arrangement with the Council, Curo have also refurbished the remaining garages on the site.
Councillor Jean Adkins, Executive Member for Housing Services for Taunton Dean Borough Council said; “We are pleased to work with our partners to deliver affordable housing and welcome this development with Curo. TDBC has been successful in achieving its target for homes over the last 4 years, but we could not have done it alone”.
The homes, built by Halsall Construction, have been completed in just over six months, two months ahead of schedule. Throughout the development the site manager forged positive relationships with neighbours of the site, including pupils at Selworthy School - a special school for children with learning difficulties. The site manager worked with the school to run a mural painting project, and provided some PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which the children had fun trying on!