New Plans for Firepool

The new administration at Somerset West and Taunton will discuss proposals for for the regeneration of Firepool this week.

New plans will be presented to the Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday (12 June)outlining  the broad parameters of a new plan to deliver on the planning permission granted in 2018.

The plan is to divide the whole site into blocks, each with a specific use. This should allow different areas to be developed simultaneously, giving greater flexibility. But also allowing an overall vision for the site to be realised.

It will be the first big test for the new administration.

The Council will not be investing directly in a hotel on the site.

However they have said they will “engage with the market to identify a suitable investor who will develop a hotel instead.” It remains to be seen if they do a better job than the previous administration.

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