Work begins at Townsend Farm

Construction works starting on a site at Carhampton, Somerset were celebrated nearly 25 years after new homes were first planned for the site.

The site at Townsend Farm is being turned into a residential development of 20 new affordable homes and five open market homes. The homes are being delivered by Hastoe Housing Association with Halsall Construction as the main contractor. The affordable homes are being constructed to ‘Passivhaus’ standards providing homes that are extremely cost effective to run with low heating bills.

Usually, when a Planning Application is made, this marks a point fairly near the beginning of the process for the development of a site which on average takes two to three years for the first occupant s to move in – but not so for Townsend Farm in Carhampton.

When Hastoe Housing Association were granted Planning Approval by West Somerset Council in September 2013, it was 22 years, almost to the day, after permission was first granted to convert the agricultural buildings on site into residential dwellings in August 1991.

The site and it’s development has been fraught with difficulties and, over the years, many different individuals, organisations and agencies have had an involvement in the scheme, with each one bringing the scheme one step closer to reality.

Robert Aspray, Regional Head of Development at Hastoe Housing Association, said: “We’re very excited to finally be starting work on the site at Carhampton. These homes have been nearly 25 years in the making and will provide much needed affordable housing to the local community. Work started on the homes in January of this year, and I look forward to their completion in spring 2016.

West Somerset District Councillor Keith Turner said: “I am delighted that Townsend Farm has come to fruition within my time as Lead Member for Housing. I am also grateful that Hastoe have persevered with a scheme that has proven challenging for them to say the least.”

If you wish to register interest in purchasing one of the 4 shared ownership or 5 open market homes at Townsend Farm, please call Hastoe’s Sales team on 0800 7833097 or visit our their website at

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