New school, shops, outdoor space and more due at the distinctive development

Work has officially started on a major new community development at Comeytrowe, kicking off a project that will span the next decade and see new homes, amenities and public green space created. The location’s name has also been unveiled, with the community to be called ‘Orchard Grove’.

The vision behind the 2,000-home development is to create a unique new ‘garden community’, with two vibrant neighbourhoods connected by shared amenities and abundant outdoor space. Responsible for delivering this vision is a Consortium of leading housebuilders – Taylor Wimpey and Vistry Group, which includes Bovis Homes and Linden Homes. Vistry Group will be working on this project as a joint venture with South West housing association, LiveWest.

The beginning

Teams have arrived on site to begin the vital infrastructure work needed to support the forthcoming community. Groundworks, installing essential services, implementing ecological measures, and developing transport links are all needed ahead of homes and amenities arriving.

The first area to be developed will be known as the ‘western neighbourhood’, which will feature high quality homes and an attractive local centre. This part of Orchard Grove will be partly defined by the Galmington Stream, with a park and green corridor of land weaving through the heart of the development. JK>/p>

With consideration given to future residents, a network of new roads will be intentionally installed early in the project to enable people to move around the development and wider area with ease. A new A38 gateway junction will be developed to help connect Orchard Grove to the wider community, put Taunton town centre within easy reach and provide easier access to the M5.

The vision

In time, Orchard Grove will have a primary school, local centre, play areas, allotments, sports pitches and a business park. Designed as a garden community, 100 acres of open and accessible green space will be created, reflecting the surrounding picturesque Somerset countryside.

Providing modern new homes to support the needs of the local population, there will be a wide range of attractive housing and property types to suit families, couples and individuals. A high proportion will be affordable homes, delivered through leading housing associations.

Located just to the south west of Taunton, the town centre is only a couple of miles from the new development, and near the local parishes of Comeytrowe, Trull and Galmington. Homes, buildings and places will be sensitively developed over the coming years at Orchard Grove to complement the character of the local area, but with its own distinct identity.

A sustainable community, walking and cycling routes will run through Orchard Grove, putting residents within easy reach of local shops, recreation and community facilities. To encourage even more sustainable travel, a new park and bus service will connect the development with Taunton and the local area.

Ian Pugsley, from Taylor Wimpey and the Orchard Grove Consortium, said: “We are delighted to be part of the skilled team bringing an exceptional garden community vision to life. This is an exciting development for the region, delivering vital new homes alongside job opportunities and boosting the local economy.”

Sue Scholfield, from Vistry Group and the Orchard Grove Consortium, added: “Starting work on site is an important milestone and we are thrilled to be part of this impressive project. We are building high quality new homes, facilities, and ample green space; but more than that, we are building a vibrant new community that will be a positive addition to Taunton and the neighbouring parishes.”

There is a new email for those with queries about the development and work taking place, which is A new website is in progress for the development to provide updates about the development, as well as answers to questions about the site, and contact details for the team involved.