400 homes planned for Locking Road Car Park and Sunnyside Road

PUBLISHED: 16:30 13 June 2018

Locking Road Car Park.

Locking Road Car Park.

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Plans to build 400 houses in Weston-super-Mare town centre will be showcased to the public for the first time later this month.

Sunnyside Road North. Sunnyside Road North.

A consultation on ‘transformation’ plans for Locking Road Car Park and Sunnyside Road will be held at the Old Town Hall, in Walliscote Road, on June 27 from 1-8pm.

The consultation will offer Westonians the chance to see the first detailed vision of the project, which is being led by North Somerset Council and Homes England – the Government’s house-building department.

‘Contemporary homes’ and an improved entrance to the town centre have been promised by the council – as its regeneration of Weston accelerates.

A spokesman said: “We are keen to hear the public’s thoughts on the new proposed development, which will offer approximately 400 contemporary homes, including apartments and houses, and will improve the entrance to the town centre.

Locking Road Car Park. Locking Road Car Park.

“Alongside other major town centre projects, the transformation of Sunnyside Road and Locking Road will add further momentum to the regeneration of the town as a vibrant place to live, with a thriving and diverse leisure offer.

“The developments are part of the town centre regeneration programme which is delivering improvements to key development sites and positively encouraging investment within the town.”

Homes England and the council are working in tandem on a number of housing projects in and around Weston, including Locking Parklands, the housing phase of the Dolphin Square revamp, and the redevelopment of the former magistrates court and police station in Walliscote Road – known collectively as Walliscote Place.

The Mercury has this week learned the demolition of the police station, which has been vacant since Avon and Somerset Constabulary relocated to Junction 21 last summer, is due to take place within the next 10 months

And the Mercury understands North Somerset is mulling utilising the courthouse for ‘cultural uses’.

The spokesman added: “We are currently undertaking planning and technical work on the former police station required for the demolition of the site which will start in the current financial year.

“Options for the Magistrates Court are still in discussion.”

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