THERE could be 20 zero carbon council houses built across various areas in Taunton if plans get the go-ahead.

Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) are developing plans to build 20 council-owned homes, split across Churchill Way, Charter Walk, Wheatley Crescent and on the former Oxford Inn site on Roman Road.

At the moment, most of the sites are being used as garages.

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The budget for the scheme was recently approved at an SWT full council meeting.

The next stage of the plans involves a public consultation, and residents are being asked to give their opinions on the proposals before July 4.

Cllr Fran Smith, executive member for housing, said: “SWT is committed to providing more social housing to suit different members of the community.

“These developments are a fantastic opportunity for the council to deliver much needed affordable homes in Taunton built to an ambitious energy efficient zero carbon standard.

“Social rented housing schemes like these will make a real difference to the quality of life for some of our eligible residents.

"We are keen to hear feedback on our proposals and I would encourage members of the public to take part in the survey.”

At the consultation phase, a planning application will be submitted.

The plans will be available on the SWT website and the public will be able to comment on these as well.

SWT are hoping to start construction on the homes during early 2022, with the first properties available for rent in early 2023.