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.
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.
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.
Taunton Deane councillors have voted in favour of sharing a Chief Executive with neighbouring West Somerset Council.
West Somerset - the smallest council in the country - is facing a financial crisis due to its size.
It's seeking to share further services, subject to a business plan going before both councils in October.
Despite protests from hundreds of people, Taunton Deane Borough Council has tonight approved plans to develop a popular green space in the town.
Jeff Welch was at the meeting where emotions were fraught over the Vivary Green Wedge:
Plans for more than 300 homes on a popular green space in Taunton have tonight been approved by councillors.
Taunton Deane Borough Council's planning committee voted 8 to 7 in favour of the Vivary Green Wedge development.
Hundreds of people turned out to protest against the scheme.
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:
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.
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.