Public inquiry to be held over Taunton link road

  • 26 March 2012
  • From the section Somerset
Artist's impression of new Viridor building
Image caption The new road, if built, would link the new development at Firepool with the north of Taunton

A public inquiry is to be held over Somerset County Council's plans to build a major new link road in Taunton.

The road, if built, will link the north of the town to a new development at the former cattle market site.

Somerset County Council submitted a Compulsory Purchase Order for the land, which raised objections, leading to the inquiry.

The road is part of a wider revamp of the Firepool area. The public inquiry will be held on 15 May.

A spokesman for the county council said: "Tenders are due back at the end of March for the award of the contract to build the Northern Inner Distributor Road.

"However, it will not be awarded until after a public inquiry has been held by the Planning Inspectorate regarding the use of Compulsory Purchase Orders for land needed for its construction."

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