Over 200 people attended Quantum’s Public Exhibition at the end of July to view proposals to redevelop a former Government Office building on Paul Street, in Taunton’s town centre.
Quantock House, which was built in the late 1960s, and has been left unused for a number of years, was acquired by Quantum in 2015. It previously housed a number of government departments including DEFRA and the Valuation Office.
The exhibition showed plans to build a 60 bed en-suite care home, 58 extra care units and 11,465 sq. ft. of retail units.
Kate Greatrix, head of community engagement at Quantum said:
“We are totally committed to regenerating this unused site into a wonderful place that will revitalise the surrounding area, and create a new place to live for people aged 55 and over. Our continuous care retirement community will bring many benefits to Taunton, including new job and training opportunities, and will help to boost local business, retail and tourism.”
The purpose of the 3 day exhibition was for people to view and give feedback on the early design proposals, meet the team behind the proposed redevelopment and have the opportunity to discuss and ask any questions about the plans.
To encourage as much feedback as possible, Quantum’s Community Engagement Team publicised the event through newspaper advertisements, leaflet distribution to local residents, shops and businesses and associations. BBC Radio Somerset, Tone FM and Apple FM covered the event, and Visit Somerset ran details on its “What’s On” listing.
(Listen in to BBC Radio Somerset interview – 28th July 2016)
Kate Greatrix said:
“We’d like to thank all those who came along to view our plans, and for the all the comments we received. We are currently looking at all the feedback and will ensure that everybody will be kept informed of the next steps.”
Quantum intends to submit a planning application to Taunton Deane Borough Council later this year.