Outline planning consent has been given for a mix of office, hotel and residential accommodation and supporting waterfront leisure and retail outlets at Firepool. Work to prepare the site for development will start in the spring.
Proposals currently being investigated for the site include a multi-purpose convention centre aimed at catalysing commercial innovation and collaboration.
This innovation centre would be a highly digitally enabled facility, combining flexible office space and meeting rooms with a set of collaboration, learning and socialisation spaces. Fully equipped for on-site functions, the centre would also provide larger spaces for workshops and investor events – the perfect expansion environment for businesses where digital innovation and geospatial data are growth catalysts.
The Council is working closely with key partners to develop a business case for the project and to seek support from the Government and others to take it forward, strengthening the development of Taunton as a “smart Garden Town” and regional hub for digital innovation and skills.
SWT Council held a public information session on 4 and 5 November 2019. This session was to keep members of the public informed as we work through a revised proposal to bring the site forward into development.
The proposal will be subject to a special Full Council decision on 14 January 2020 where the project team will be requesting funds to commence the vital infrastructure and utility work (including flood mitigation) that will enable the main construction phase to commence.
The links below contain the contents of the images and information presented at the public information session, alongside some background information and a summary of the questions and comments left by members of the public.