Boot wins Trop delay

DEVELOPERS behind £25million plans for Weston's derelict Tropicana have been given permission by North Somerset Council to delay a planning application until next year.

DEVELOPERS behind £25million plans for Weston's derelict Tropicana have been given permission by North Somerset Council to delay a planning application until next year.

Members voted at a full council meeting on Tuesday to extend the deadline without any debate.

Henry Boot Developments now has until February to submit plans for the seafront site.

Earlier this year, Henry Boot entered into an agreement with North Somerset Council to build Lifestation@Tropicana, a hotel and leisure complex with a swimming pool.


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Last week it emerged no contracts had been signed with any potential tenants and the developers had delayed plans for public consultation sessions.

Consultations will now take place November 15, at Worle Community School, followed by The Campus in Locking Castle on November 16 and concluding at the Winter Gardens the next day.

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A planning application due to be received by the authority on October 21 is now not expected until February 21 next year.

Plans for the Tropicana will now go before the South West Design Review Panel on October 9 for approval, an unelected Governmental organisation made up of professionals and architects.

The council hopes to receive feedback from the independent panel to support the scheme.

The authority's planning chief, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees said at the meeting: "It is not necessarily the case that the overall timetable will be delayed."

Henry Boot plans to open Lifestation@Tropicana to the public in Spring 2010.

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