Housing Minister learns how new homes are giving Taunton a boost

Pictured l to r: David Wilson Homes sales manager Louise Ware, sales adviser Louisa Acreman, managing director David Tomas, MP for Taunton Deane Rebecca Pow, Housing and Planning Minister Alok Sharma, Cllr John Williams, leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council

Te UK’s Housing and Planning Minister visited Taunton to find out how a new development is helping to bring new homes and investment to the area. Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Alok Sharma MP, headed to David Wilson Homes’ Northwalls Grange development on the outskirts of the town. Tere, the five-star housebuilder is working to build 125 new homes, all of which are available to purchase through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. Already close to 20 households have moved into the new development, which features three, four and five bedroom homes. During his visit Mr Sharma met David Tomas, CEO of Barratt Developments, which includes David Wilson Homes. He heard how Northwalls Grange is having a positive impact on the wider community. David Wilson Homes is bringing significant investment to the area through its agreements with Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council. In addition to its agreement with the local authorities, David Wilson Homes has made additional moves to


support Taunton while it brings new homes to the area. Te housebuilder has run educational visits for local schools and has is making sure the Northwalls Grange development supports local wildlife. It has made the new community ‘bee friendly’ with the planting of plants to attract bees and installed a hedgehog home in a bid to help the spiky mammals’ dwindling population. Housing and Planning Minister Alok Sharma said: “It was great to see the Northwalls Grange development in Taunton. Sites like this are playing a vital role in delivering the new homes this country needs and deserves. “Since 2010, over 427,000 households have been helped into home ownership by Government-backed schemes. Tat's why we are investing a further £10 billion in Help to Buy to help a further 135,000 households by 2021." David Tomas added: “It’s been a pleasure to show Mr Sharma around Northwalls Grange and demonstrate how we’re building much more than just houses. Our developments bring investment into local areas, adding to existing infrastructure, supporting jobs and creating new communities. Northwalls Grange has proven an

extremely sought-aſter development and it’s testament to the popularity of the area, as well as the quality of our homes.” Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council, Cllr John Williams, said: “It was a pleasure to meet with the Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma MP, on the Northwalls Grange development and for us to see what a great development it is. It was also good to hear that houses were being occupied as fast as they can be built so fulfilling a need for high quality homes with 25 per cent of them affordable. Te site also complements Taunton’s Garden Town status with wonderful green spaces around the perimeter which can only enhance our own plans for a large “Country Park” adjacent the site. “It was appreciated that our MP, Rebecca Pow, arranged this visit so we had the opportunity to show the Minister firsthand the dire need for improved roads, cycleways and transport to support the major development planned. He certainly understood the need and that it needed substantial funding to address.” To find out more visit

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