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This month, leading UK regeneration specialist St. Modwen commenced delivery of the first phase of residential homes at its joint Firepool development in Taunton.

Acorn Property Group is delivering the 49 new dwellings, comprising of 45 apartments and four 4 bedroom family homes, on behalf of partner developers St. Modwen and Taunton Deane Borough Council. The homes mark the first phase of residential building at Firepool which is part of one of the largest regeneration projects currently underway in the South West.

Peter Davies, Development Manager for St. Modwen, said:

“These 49 new homes, overlooking the River Tone are the start of residential development forming part of the wider Firepool regeneration which will see 17 acres of former brownfield land transformed into an exciting mixed-use scheme with a waterfront environment in the centre of the County town, all served by improved transport links.”

Robin Squire, Managing Director at Acorn’s Bristol office, added:

“We are really excited about working in Taunton with St. Modwen and Taunton Deane Borough Council to deliver this residential phase. It’s a prime riverside scheme which kick-starts the regeneration of this longstanding development site. We are looking forward to providing excellent residential accommodation in a quality Somerset town.”

A spokesperson for Taunton Deane Borough Council said:

“We are delighted to see these new homes coming forward. Firepool is a prime site and its regeneration is a vital part of our wider Vision for Taunton Town Centre. These homes will help create an attractive riverside environment for living, working, leisure and retail – building a stronger evening as well as daytime economy for Taunton. Our Vision for the Town Centre will be supported further by the completion of the Northern Inner Distributor Road later this year and the enhancement of Taunton Railway Station. Both of these major investments will front onto the Firepool site, showcasing Taunton as a great place to live, visit and do business.”

Situated at the heart of Taunton town centre, the £105m Firepool development is strategically located just two miles from junction 25 of the main M5 route along the South West corridor, adjacent to the new Northern Inner Distributor Road and mainline station linking to London Paddington in one hour and forty five minutes. A planning application for a vibrant mix of offices, new homes and apartments, shops and restaurants, and a cinema and hotel is due to be submitted though 2015.