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Could thousands of jobs be coming to Taunton?

This is what the buildings at the business park could look like Credit: Taunton Deane Borough Council

4,000 jobs could be created at a new business park planned for Taunton.

The borough council wants to develop land just off junction 25 of the M5. Transport improvements to both the junction and public transport will also be made as part of the scheme.

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Council asks for help to find travellers sites

Taunton Deane Borough Council needs help finding land for travellers. Credit: PA

Taunton Deane Borough Council has issued an appeal for gypsy and traveller sites.

It's required by law to find suitable plots but hasn't been able to, so far. Anyone with land, which can be connected to water and power is linked to local services is being asked to contact the council by the end of May.

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Councils to merge management

West Somerset District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council will merge management to save almost £2m a year. Credit: ITV News West Country

Two councils in Somerset are to merge management to save money.

At separate meetings tonight, West Somerset District Council based in Williton and Taunton Deane Borough Council voted in favour of the deal which will see savings of almost £2m a year.

Opponents fear it'll mean dozens of job cuts.

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Hundreds attend Vivary Green planning meeting

Hundreds of people have gathered in Taunton tonight in opposition to plans for hundreds of houses on a popular green space.

Developers want to build more than 300 homes on the Vivary Green Wedge extending from Taunton's town centre.

Taunton Deane Borough Council's planners have recommended the scheme for approval. The planning committee is expected to make a final decision tonight.

Jeff Welch reports:

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Protests expected at controversial planning meeting

Taunton Deane Borough Council's planning committee meets tonight Credit: ITV West

A protest is expected later at the offices of Taunton Deane Borough Council to oppose plans for hundreds of houses on a popular green space.

Developers want to build more than three hundred homes on the Vivary Green Wedge extending from Taunton's Town Centre. A previous application for six hundred homes on the site was thrown out.

More than 800 people have written to the council objecting to the scheme.

Brewhouse Theatre to be bought by council?

The Brewhouse Theatre closed back in February Credit: ITV News West Country

The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton could be bought by the local council.

Taunton Deane Borough Council says it would be able to protect the Brewhouse buildings, but that another organisation would have to run the theatre itself. It closed in February this year because of a lack of funding.

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