Full steam ahead for massive project

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

THE company behind the massive Dolphin Square redevelopment project is assuring the people of Weston the exciting scheme is back on track.

THE company behind the massive Dolphin Square redevelopment project is assuring the people of Weston the exciting scheme is back on track.

Just days after receivers were called into parent business Kilmartin Property Group Ltd, subsidiary Kilmartin London Ltd says it is ploughing on with plans for the revamp.

The developer revealed in 2007 how it wanted to create new shops, offices and homes as part of the regeneration of the tired area of town.

Director Jim Bryan this week told the Weston Mercury that the subsidiary company is fully solvent and will not be affected by the financial difficulties of Kilmartin Property Group Ltd.

He added that the uncertainty over whether the council would eventually move into the Dolphin Square development has led to delays with the project and planners have had to go back to the drawing board.

Mr Bryan says he and his colleagues are still pressing ahead with the proposals and hoped to submit a planning application by June.

He said: "We are relooking at the plans and assuming the council will not now move into the Weston development.

"We're now working out revised plans for the scheme and are looking at other groups that could join it.

"Arguably the project has been delayed because of the uncertainty over whether the council will be part of it."

North Somerset Council had been looking at creating new offices for its staff on the Carlton Street car park as part of the plans, but has more recently taken the controversial decision to instead look at moving employees to Castlewood in Clevedon.

CNC Properties sold all its leasehold buildings in Dolphin Square to the commercial developer in 2007.

All but two freehold properties were then under the control of the regeneration specialist.

North Somerset Council has previously revealed that it was looking at demolishing part of the Dolphin Square site and buildings between Union Street, Carlton Street, Beach Road and Oxford Street and replacing them with new leisure faculties, car parking, shops and luxury apartments as part of the project.

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