Housing plans progress at police station site

PUBLISHED: 17:55 03 April 2017

Could the former police station and magistrates' court one day look like this?

Could the former police station and magistrates' court one day look like this?

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Further progress has been made on plans to build upmarket housing across 14 storeys in the site currently occupied by Weston-super-Mare Police Station.

It was revealed in 2015 how Avon and Somerset Constabulary will be moving out of its Weston base in Walliscote Road this year, after the building was judged ‘out of date’ and ‘no longer fit for purpose’.

The town’s police will instead be located at a purpose-built site close to junction 21 of the M5 – while the town centre station has been bought by North Somerset Council.

The authority plans to demolish the old police station and use the land for new, high-end housing as part of its wider ambition to regenerate the town centre, which includes the nearby Dolphin Square project.

With that in mind, planning officers have this week been asked to consider whether an environmental impact assessment is required ahead of a formal planning application.

Once approved, the project is expected to include up to 80 homes, along with 2,400 square metres of office space and 600 square metres of what is currently being described only as ‘community/commercial uses’.


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