The Firepool redevelopment is formed of nine different areas close to Taunton railway station all at various stages of redevelopment. The redevelopment with the former cattle market site, currently under negotiation between developers St Modwen and the Taunton Deane Borough Council, was rejected for outline planning permission in August 2016. Both parties are working hard to resubmit a revised plan at the time of writing. Firepool Lock is currently being constructed in parallel with the new road (Northern Inner Distributor Road) and provided office space and 500 dwellings.

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The former cattle market site sits empty as planning approval is still being sought for a mixed-use development.

The Northern Inner Distributor Road runs through the Firepool Lock site and is designed to remove congestion from the town centre.

Residents have now moved into the Firepool Lock site, as the construction phase draws to a close.

The former pumping station and canal lock provide restaurant and leisure opportunities on the site.