Work has restarted this week at David Wilson Homes Moorland Gate development outside Taunton as the housebuilder returns to construction.

Located in Bishops Lydeard, the developer says the Moorland Gate site will bring 173 new homes to the area as well as supporting over 500 jobs during construction and sales.

A spokesman for David Wilson Homes said: "We have seen a surge in interest in the new homes in recent weeks, including from people already living in the village, with a 97 per cent rise in enquiries across the region last month, compared to the same period last year. 

"Builders are now back on site and working hard to ensure two new show homes are ready to open when the homes launch for sale in the autumn."

The developer said construction is progressing well, with the first homes on the site complete and work beginning on the interiors.

New roads and infrastructure are in place and it is understood work to landscape public open space will follow shortly.

The David Wilson Homes spokesman continued: "There is already strong interest from potential buyers with more than 800 people signed up to be notified when the homes go on the market."