We were pleased to be invited along to the opening of Waterside House organised by Knightstone Housing Association.
The development of the 108 homes were the collaborative effort of Knighstone, Nectar Homes and Arc Homes. The project was developed in partnership with Abbey Manor Ltd, Taunton Deane Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.
On arrival we were taken back by the efforts undertaken to give the opening a street party atmosphere. There was live music, hog roast, ice cream and community games (not to mention the delicious tea & cakes!).
Some big names were present for the opening including Jeremy Browne, MP for Taunton Deane (loves the liquorice and peppermint), Councillor John Williams, Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council, and Jane Barrie OBE, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Somerset.
The Waterside House project is part of the wider regeneration of a derelict site in Taunton. It is a focal point in the area and the development has brought in new residents to reclaim a lost part of the town, which had been brownfield wasteland for years.
Jeremy Browne MP said: “Waterside House is great for Taunton. We’re in need of more homes that are affordable to young people and families and this development goes some way to meeting that need. It was great to see so many of the new residents at the opening, getting to know each other and building a sense of community.”