A TOTAL of 28 new, affordable homes are taking shape on the site of the former Slocombe’s factory in Monmouth Street in Bridgwater.

Officers and councillors from Sedgemoor District Council recently enjoyed a visit to review progress of the scheme.

These new homes, costing £4.3m to build, will be owned by SHAL Housing Association and are a result of the collaborative work of a team of partners including Sedgemoor District Council, SHAL, Summerfield Homes and EDF Energy.

Duncan Harvey, service manager for Housing Development at Sedgemoor District Council said: “This scheme is an excellent example of how a brownfield site can be redeveloped to provide much-needed affordable housing.

"Providing affordable homes is a priority for the council and this project represents another significant step forward.

"To see construction finally starting on such a challenging brownfield site is amazing and is a testament to the hard work and strength of our relationship with SHAL and Summerfield Homes. We persevered, when many might have given up."

Angela Gascoigne, CEO at SHAL “The partnership working has been, in my view, exemplary. SDC were determined this site would be regenerated, and the funding from EDF and Homes England ensured these homes will be at rent people on lower incomes can afford."