New supermarket for Weston?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 May 2014

The roundabout at Marchfields Way may get busier if plans to redevelop the site go well.

The roundabout at Marchfields Way may get busier if plans to redevelop the site go well.

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WESTON'S former rubbish tip could be 
converted into a new supermarket.

A food store is one of a number of
 possible uses for disused land near 
Herluin Way.

Leisure, employment and other retail opportunities will also be discussed for the area behind Iceland, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut.

The area was used for landfill until 
the 1980s before Avoncrest Developments 
Ltd entered a 125-year lease with 
North Somerset Council for the site in 
1994.

It promised a range of employment units, nine-hole golf course, clubhouse and a 
driving range, however only the latter was ever built and has since closed.

No redevelopment plans have ever 
materialised and opening it to build a 
supermarket was originally ruled by the 
council however its position has softened.

It has agreed to work with Avoncrest to 
produce a master plan for the land to 
advertise it to businesses.

A council spokesman said converting the former landfill site was anything but a rubbish idea.

He said: “This decision allows the council 
to enter into a joint venture agreement 
with Avoncrest to enable us to jointly 
master plan the site for alternative 
development and, subsequently, to bring 
the site forward for such development.

“Until the master plan exercise is 
completed we won’t know for certain what uses might be identified for the site, but 
it has already been indicated that a food 
store use might be possible subject, as 
usual, to appropriate planning 
consents.

“Whatever the final uses end up being, it will certainly bring economic benefit to the area whilst also bringing a 28-hectare derelict site into beneficial use.”

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