TJ Hughes plans accepted 'in principle'

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 March 2018

The vacant TJ Hughes building.

The vacant TJ Hughes building.

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North Somerset Council's planning team has 'no objections in principle' to plans to convert Weston's long-vacant TJ Hughes building into shops and flats.

The former department store, in High Street, has been gathering dust for almost seven years, but owner Dove Properties plans to create three ground-floor retail units and 19 flats on the floors above.

Dove lodged a planning application last summer, and subsequently removed 21 student flats from the plan – and council planning officers remain in discussions with the developer over the finer details of the proposal.

The Mercury has been told by the council it has no objection to the plan in principle, and it would welcome regeneration of the building – but there is concern over parking which is the crux of negotiations.

The plans include five ground-floor garages, but the town centre’s much-maligned parking issues have slowed a verdict from the council.

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