Public inquiry to be held over Taunton link road

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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