UKHO Headquarters, Taunton by AHR

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The pressure for change and the need to build more homes to address local housing needs is felt across Somerset West and Taunton. Taunton was designated as a Garden Town in early 2017 reflecting the council's commitment to deliver significant housing growth focused on a number of new garden communities as well as a regenerated town centre. The Garden communities will provide 8,500 new homes and associated employment and community facilities at three urban extensions by 2028.


Alongside the Garden Town vision, Somerset West and Taunton Council supports high quality sustainable growth across the district with an aim to be carbon natural by 2030 - in line with the Council’s declaration of a carbon emergency.

Friday Street, Minehead © Roger Cornfoot / Geograph

To meet their commitment to achieve high quality and sustainable places that meet the needs and consider the future demands of community, Somerset West and Taunton Council have established a Quality Review Panel, which brings together experts to support high standards in new developments in accordance with the emerging Design Guide SPD.

The Somerset West and Taunton Quality Review Panel is chaired by Andrew Beharrell, Senior Advisor, Pollard Thomas Edwards.

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St Mary's Church, Watford © Dave Parker 


Somerset West and Taunton panel members

Andrew Beharrell (chair)

Irfan Alam
Helen Allen
Chris Askew
Lise Benningen
Graham Bizley
Marie Burns
Gabriela Costa 
James Grayley
James Howard
Phil Jones
Miranda MacLaren
David Milner
Prachi Rampuria
Vivienne Ramsey
Alan Swan
James Webb


Terms of reference

Taunton Museum of Somerset, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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Coal Orchard, Taunton © Keanu Drone