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Happy families at Firepool Lock


One resident at Crest Nicholson's Firepool Lock development in Taunton has been singing the praises of his new home so much that two of his daughters have not only purchased at the same development but in the same building.

Norman Brent, 84, and his wife Damiana have lived in Somerset for over 50 years, and recently decided that it was time to downsize from their detached house. They had originally been on the lookout for a bungalow but it was the stunning apartments at Firepool Lock that stole their hearts.

Norman, commented: "I'd spent many years running up and down the stairs in our old house, so when the time came to downsize I was determined to buy a home that was all on one level. We kept an eye on the market for a bungalow but there was nothing out there that really wowed us quite like Firepool Lock."

Norman and Damiana have been so impressed with the quality of design and build at Firepool Lock that they’ve encouraged two daughters to move to the development too and as a result all three purchasers have benefitted from Crest Nicholson’s Recommend a Friend scheme. Existing homeowners who recommend a friend to Firepool Lock receive £1,000 as a thank you on completion of the sale, while their friends benefit from a discount of £1,000 off the cost of their home.

Norman continued: “Not only did we enjoy a great incentive for recommending the development to my daughters but it now means that I have my family close by, which makes living here even more special. We've all loved every minute here so far."

An avid cyclist, Norman regularly rides his bike along the canal at Taunton cricket ground, and that's where he first noticed the new apartments at Firepool Lock. Norman, continued: "Cycling along the canal truly is beautiful and when I spotted that some of the apartments had a front row seat to the beautiful scenery, I immediately went into the sales office to enquire."

Norman and Damiana moved into their spacious two bedroom, Hanover apartment in May. "It's a wonderful part of the world to live in, we’ve decorated our balcony with plants and flowers, and we enjoy nothing more than sitting out looking onto the canal and waterfall, and waving to the occasional cyclist or runner! The flat is perfect for us, plenty of space, top range fixtures and appliances, and all on one level. Having a new build property for our retirement is ideal as it means that there’s absolutely no work or refurbishment that needs to be done so we can sit back and relax."

Situated alongside the Bridgewater and Taunton Canal, Firepool Lock offers a wealth of house styles to suit all homebuyers but the crown jewels has to be its exclusive waterfront villas.  Set over three floors, these highly desirable townhouses bring together the best in modern home design and boast a combination of south-facing decks, balconies and roof-top terraces from which to take in the scenic waterway.

Apartment prices at Firepool Lock using Help to Buy currently start from £128,000 and house prices from £141,600. Help to Buy enables purchasers to own their own home with just five per cent deposit and 75 per cent mortgage. The remaining cost of the property is funded by a 20 per cent equity loan from the Government that is interest free for the first five years. 

For more information about Firepool Lock visit the on-site Sales and Marketing Suite (open daily 10am to 5pm), call 0845 894 3373, visit or find us on Facebook at

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