WHAT IS A
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
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.