PICTURES: 400-home plans for Locking Road and Sunnyside Road car parks revealed
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 June 2018
Harvesting Locking Road and Sunnyside Road car parks for housing will 'dramatically improve' Weston-super-Mare town centre, according to North Somerset Council - 'adding further momentum' to its regeneration.
Westonians were given a first glimpse at the proposed redevelopment of the car parks this week, with artist’s impressions indicating what the 400-home development could look like.
A public consultation was held at Weston Town Hall yesterday (Wednesday), where council officers were on hand to provide more detail on the project and how it ties in with the ongoing rejuvenation of the town centre.
The project is being led by Homes England, the Government’s house-building department, in conjunction with the council.
The artist’s impressions indicate ‘contemporary’ apartment blocks will saddle Hildesheim Bridge, with the project aiming to create a more aesthetically pleasing entrance to the town centre.
A council spokesman said: “The new development will dramatically improve the entrance to the town centre, offering approximately 400 high-quality, contemporary homes including apartments and houses.
“Alongside other major town centre projects –which have included the redevelopment of Dolphin Square, creative hub The Stable and the Italian Gardens – 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.”
An online Mercury poll of 342 readers ahead of the consultation found two thirds of people do not want housing to be built at the car parks, but the council believes the development – which is part of the Station Gateway project revamp around Weston Railway Station – is key to attracting investment to the to town.
The spokesman added: “The developments are part of the Weston town centre regeneration programme which is delivering improvements to key development sites and positively encouraging investment within the town.
“The vision for the town centre is focused around the themes of living, learning and lifestyle, with plans to attract more people to live in the town centre creating a lively university town which will further improve the local economy.”