The new LibDem led Somerset West and Taunton Council has announced that new social rented homes are to be built on a disused garage site.

The Council-owned garages in Laxton Road will make way for eight new housing units for social rent.

The two-person, one-bed flats in blocks of three storeys will see future residents benefit from high quality, energy efficient housing and will help to address the need in the town.

SWT’s Executive Member for Housing, Cllr Fran Smith, said: “Our Council aims to provide more social housing to suit the requirements of different members of the community.

This scheme represents our commitment to start providing quality social rented housing across the area.

The units at Laxton Road will visually improve the area and make a real difference to the quality of life for some of our eligible residents.

Schemes like this are really important and we will be looking to bring more of them forward in the next few years.”

The move was welcomed by local LibDem Parliamentary Candidate Gideon Amos, who said  “Despite the constraints of reducing funding for Councils by the Conservative government this scheme shows the new LibDem Council’s commitment to social housing within weeks of taking office - approximately one new social rented property for every week the LibDems have been in control on the Council”.

He addd “Cllr Fran Smith is absolutely right to make new social housing a priority, especially when the Conservative council permitted thousands of private developer houses instead. A LibDem government would support Councils not only to build many more, but also to stand up to developers who do not provide the infrastructure that’s needed to accompany their developments”. 

Social rented housing is cheaper than privately rented housing and provides a long-term tenancy, giving renters the chance to put down roots.