WHAT IS A

GARDEN TOWN? 

In 1898, Sir Ebenezer Howard wanted to create places for people to live that had better housing, education and jobs. His vision was for people to live and work in a healthier environment, with access to jobs in town and to be able to farm and enjoy the surrounding rural land.

The idea of conservation remains 

important today. Taunton’s

proposals for housing have been

developed while protecting its vital

green corridors and links to the

wider countryside.

High quality open spaces are

essential features of the plans, as

are improving access to schools

and education, better transport

infrastructure and enhancing the

range and quality of employment opportunities.

The Government launched a scheme for towns to bid for Garden Town status, in 2016. Taunton embraced this opportunity, bidding successfully to become one of three new Garden Towns (and 14 Garden Villages) announced in January 2017.

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