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Locking Road Car Park and Dolphin Square housing projects given higher priority by Government

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 September 2017

The Dolphin Square development.

The Dolphin Square development.

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Four key Government-led housing projects for Weston have been placed on a priority list which could see plans emerge by the end of the year.

Consent has been granted for nearly 1,500 homes at Locking Parklands. Consent has been granted for nearly 1,500 homes at Locking Parklands.

The Homes and Community Agency (HCA) is orchestrating a number of housing projects in Weston which are deemed essential pillars of the continuing regeneration of the town.

The Mercury understands the HCA has placed four of its Weston-based projects – Dolphin Square, Locking Parklands, Locking Road Car Park, and Sunnyside Road North – on a priority list with the hope of accelerating progress.

The HCA has confirmed it has successfully tendered a plot of the Locking Parklands to a developer which will be announced shortly, and has earmarked another plot for ‘accelerated delivery to help provide local people with homes they need as quickly as possible’, with progress expected by the end of the year.

The Locking Parklands development has been carried out by St Modwen so far, but the HCA revealed the remaining phases will be delivered by other firms ‘to ensure the site includes a variety of housing designs’.

Locking Road Car Park. Locking Road Car Park.

A spokesman said: “Both of these phases are part of the continued build-out of the existing planning consents granted for 1,450 homes on the Locking Parklands site.

“The consents include agreed contributions towards a range of necessary infrastructure and facilities.”

The HCA is also overseeing phase four of the Dolphin Square project.

Phase three of the development, which focussed on the construction of the leisure element of the complex, is drawing to a close with restaurants set to open in the coming weeks.

The fourth phase of the project planned to build a retail-led complex, but those plans were scrapped by developer McLaren Life last year, and phase four was offloaded to the HCA for housing development.

The spokesman said: “Dolphin Square and HCA land at Oxford Street car park are subject to technical and planning due diligence before a residential-led outline planning application is made later this year.”

The spokesman added the projects for Locking Road Car Park and Sunnyside Road North are also ‘subject to due diligences’ before official planning applications are made.

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