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New energy efficient homes planned for Taunton

A regeneration project is set to see 36 council flats turned into 46 new homes featuring state of the art heating insulation.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has agreed to invest more than £1.65 million into the scheme, which will see the 50-year-old properties in Taunton transformed.

Knightstone Housing Association will build a range of one to four-bedroom homes that comply with high energy efficiency standards.

The new properties are designed to meet level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes and will include photovoltaic solar panels as well as wall insulation.

HCA head of area Ian Knight said: "Our investment will see empty boarded-up flats replaced with high-quality new homes for local people and local families to rent and own."

Elsewhere, the HCA recently helped fund the transformation of a former allotment site in Consett village in County Durham into a £2.8 million affordable housing development.