THE director of an organisation that aims to help create beautiful spaces will give his take on how Taunton should take advantage of the "exciting opportunities" in Taunton.

Nicholas Boys Smith, of Create Streets, is leading a seminar hosted by ArtsTaunton, at The Castle Hotel, on Monday, March 26.

ArtsTaunton founder and director Kit Chapman said: "Taunton is perfectly poised to take advantage of the experience that Create Streets has in helping communities and long-term investors develop exemplar schemes happen with our garden town status, vast new development and exciting opportunities such as Coal Orchard and Firepool as they move towards that all-important detailed planning stage.

"This is a great opportunity to hear how other communities have made this happen."

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Planners hope to convert Coal Orchard Car Park and the now closed St James swimming pool area into a cultural hub, while Firepool could be home to apartments, shops, pubs and restaurants and leisure facilities.

Create Streets' mission is to make it easier to develop high density, beautiful, street-based economically and socially successful developments with strong local support and which residents will love for generations.

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It believes that in assisting communities and developers to create beautiful places that will promote wellbeing and improve the quality of lives, we will also create places that are economically sustainable.