THE latest deadline for completion of a multi-million pound riverside development in Taunton has been pushed back to September.

Previous handover dates in February and June were missed due to Covid and an international shortage of building materials.

But the contractor has now assured Somerset West and Taunton Council the work will be finished within two months - so long as there are no further hitches.

The schemes is due to feature flats, shops and bars and restaurants, as well as stepped terracing beside the River Tone.

Cllr Marcus Kravis, SWT executive member for economic development, said: “We have made great progress at Coal Orchard despite the challenges of Covid-19 which have meant a re-programming of works to allow for social distancing and to accommodate the knock-on effects of national delays with material and sub-contractor supplies.

"I am grateful for the way our contractors, Midas Construction, have worked to maintain the quality of the scheme within budget throughout this unprecedented period, and am confident that this flagship regeneration putting the River Tone at the heart of Taunton will be complete during September."

Cllr Kravis added: "This is of course subject to any further elements beyond our control, such as escalating Covid-19 infections and the impact of track and trace notifications which is currently affecting industries across the country.

"The site will be handed over in sections with due regard to practicality and safety.

"We have already received strong interest in both the residential and commercial units at this unique riverside location and are excited to see our plans to bring new vitality to the area coming to fruition."

He will tell full council next week that the buildings should be completed in late July or early August, with public realm works following "shortly afterwards".

His report to the meeting on Tuesday says: "A revised completion programme will be issued once the material issues can be assessed and resolved."

The report also says that terms have been agreed with two of the eight commercial tenants, with active negotiations continuing for the other units.