THE former bus station in Taunton looks set to be converted into a car park.

If the proposals are accepted, the new facility would be less than 100 metres from a council car park on Castle Green that was ripped up a few years ago.

Somerset West and Taunton Council, which owns the Tower Street plot which served as the town's bus station for 67 years, intends to submit a planning application for the new use of the site.

But that has been put on hold as further studies are carried out.

A report to full council next Tuesday from Cllr Marcus Kravis, executive member for economic development, says: "Design progress prior to seeking planning permission to convert the bus station to a car park has been delayed slightly to allow for further consideration of the infrastructure requirements of equipment and car park layout, including the potential for electric vehicle charging points."

The council is also looking to attract users to rent out the buildings on the site.

The report adds: "Detailed surveys of the bus station buildings are underway and preliminary discussions have been had with potential end users."

The County Gazette revealed exclusively in December 2019 that SWT, which already owned part of the bus station site, was planning to buy the rest of the plot.

READ MORE: SWT planning to buy Taunton Bus Station. 

The deal went through in the spring of last year.

We have approached SWT for a comment.