GROUND work has started on a development of flats and commercial units off Taunton town centre.

A former motorcycle shop in Wood Street which was in a poor state of repair and a hair salon in Staplegrove Road have been demolished to make way for the project.

The original planning application for nine two-bedroom flats and two commercial units was submitted on behalf of champion race horse trainer Martin Pipe and his wife.

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Martin Pipe

Work started on the site towards the end of last year and the area has been fenced off for safety reasons.