Council calls on Government for cash to ensure housing projects in Weston can be completed

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 October 2017

North Somerset is seeking Government cash to fund infrastructure improvements for its housing projects.

North Somerset is seeking Government cash to fund infrastructure improvements for its housing projects.

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Millions of pounds are being sought to tackle viability issues with key housing projects in Weston.

Dolphin Square. Picture Mark AthertonDolphin Square. Picture Mark Atherton

North Somerset Council has lodged a bid of £3.75million to the Government to ensure its flagship housing developments at Dolphin Square and Locking Parklands can be completed.

The council has also revealed its intention to bid for up to £100million to deliver infrastructure required as part of the West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which requires 105,000 new houses to be built in the region by 2036.

North Somerset has bid to the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to tackle infrastructure issues which are inhibiting the developments at Dolphin Square and Locking Parklands.

The council is seeking funding of up to £1.25million to install a drainage system and utilities at Locking Parklands, which could be delivered alongside the spine road that will link the development 
to the West Wick roundabout near Morrison’s.

The authority has also bid for up to £2.5million to pay for the relocation of a sub-station at Dolphin Square which ‘constrains potential development options’ and is ‘likely to affect the viability and attractiveness of the properties’.

The council, with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), is overseeing the projects.

Almost 1,500 homes will be built at Parklands, and a separate 1,150-home development is planned 
on adjacent land owned by Mead Realisations.

Phase four of the Dolphin Square development – plans of which are due to be unveiled by the end of the year – will incorporate a housing development next to the leisure complex after proposals to incorporate a retail element were not materialised.

In the same announcement, the council expressed its interest in HIF funding which would help deliver the JSP – which proposes building a Banwell bypass, a new motorway junction, and a 5,400-home village near Churchill.

A decision statement authorised by executive member David Pasley said: “It should be stressed this expression of interest would not commit the council to acceptance of the JSP proposals.

“However the expression of interest, if successful, would help ensure North Somerset is well-positioned to take forward infrastructure should development proposals later be adapted.”

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