A new £5.3 million swimming pool and spa for Taunton has been given the go-ahead. But a special licence will be needed to clear undergrowth near the site at Blackbrook because some evidence of the presence of dormice has been found. A new habitat will be found for the creatures. The pool and spa will be built on a site next to the existing Blackbrook Leisure Centre and will replace the ageing pool in St James Street which has become increasingly expensive to maintain. The development will see a 25m six-lane pool and a smaller learner pool.