Plans to redevelop former department store scrapped

A plan to build nearly 100 flats on the site of a former department store in Somerset have been scrapped.

The Debenhams store in Taunton closed in May 2021 and has remained vacant ever since.

Ropemaker Properties applied to demolish it and build 92 flats and a smaller shop in its place.

Somerset West and Taunton Council has confirmed the developer has withdrawn the plans.

Cllr Mike Rigby, portfolio holder for economic development, planning and transport, said: “The planning application by Ropemaker Properties to demolish the former Debenhams building on North Street, Taunton has been withdrawn by the applicant following an indication that it would be refused by the council.”

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