Innovation

Located within 50 miles of two world-class, research-intensive Russell Group universities

Advanced engineering and technology clusters supported by Tech South West and Nuclear South West

Multi-million pound regeneration of Taunton Town Centre

600,000 square feet of grow-on space for knowledge based businesses in Taunton

New 11m Innovation Centre for region

Perfect location for your growth journey

With its M5 and South West gateway location, Somerset West and Taunton Council is implementing a programme of regeneration that provides extensive opportunities for the creation and expansion of commercial developments. Taunton is also undergoing exciting public realm and infrastructure improvements.

In 2021 both Somerset West and Taunton Council and Somerset County Council were ranked as the top authorities in the UK with regard to tackling climate change. Climate Emergency UK ranked all 409 local authorities, scoring them against nine categories, including how well councils’ plans would mitigate the impact of climate change locally, whether the climate and ecological emergency was integrated into existing policies, community engagement, climate education, scale of emissions targets, and commitments to tackle the ecological emergency.

The vision

Somerset West and Taunton Council is proud to have achieved Garden Town status for Taunton.
The vision is of a place that truly caters for its people, with an abundance of green space, that inspires and enables ambition and culture, and provides opportunities to develop and grow.

The local authority’s objective is to provide the best in education, health, housing and commerce and they want the next generation to be able to enjoy the best in life.

The Garden town plan includes upgrades to infrastructure, further business parks and premises, and plans to further enhance Taunton town centre with walkways, cycleways and a cultural quarter.

Garden Town status is a catalyst for business and investment. It will help the district secure more funding in the future from the Government to help business and the workforce.

Find out about development and land opportunities here.

The plan

Somerset West and Taunton is committed to the development of thriving communities and businesses, all in the greatest possible environment and the Garden Town plan sets out how we will bring these ambitions to life.
The ‘Vision for our garden town’ document outlines Somerset West and Taunton’s aims, plans and targets.

Download here.

The Garden Town vision is designed to support other growth strategies covering the wider Somerset West and Taunton region.

Supporting strategies can be read in the Somerset Growth Plan and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Productivity Strategy.

“We’re investing millions into infrastructure, skills and employment and working with local businesses and colleges to drive innovation and enterprise.”

Andrew Cockcroft – Senior Community Relations Manager – EDF Hinkley Point C

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