Revealed: Weston-super-Mare’s ‘biggest-ever’ housing investment
PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 July 2016
A record £20million is being spent on transforming areas of Weston-super-Mare – a sum which is the largest-ever single investment in the town centre’s housing supply.
The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has worked alongside North Somerset Council to buy a number of key sites and will transform them into housing in the coming months.
The sites in question are the fourth phase of the Dolphin Square development, in Carlton Street, the site of the former Sands night club and the Oxford Corner chip shop, Locking Road car park, the former magistrates’ court and police station in Walliscote Place and vacant land close to Weston Railway Station at Sunnyside Road.
The council confirmed this week the HCA’s £20million is the biggest-ever single investment in town centre housing.
A council spokesman said: “Council officers meet regularly with the HCA to bring forward these key sites, providing hundreds of new good-quality homes in the town centre.
“Attracting more people to live in the town centre is a vital component of the major programme of regeneration now underway in Weston and will inject new life year-round and boost the demand for shops and services.”
The HCA said it is committed to investing in Weston and is working alongside the council to progress its large-scale housing plans.
A spokesman said: “We are currently considering long-term options for our sites in the area and will provide further details later this summer.”
Each development is still at an early stage, according to the council, and no planning applications have yet been received.
Cllr Richard Nightingale, whose Central ward includes the sites bought by the HCA, welcomed the investment but said people living in the area must be properly considered as the developments progress.
The Conservative councillor said: “While this exciting new investment will transform the centre of town, it must be developed side-by-side with residents at the centre of planning and development.
“We have reached an exciting new chapter in Weston’s life, with developers more interested than ever in investing in our community. Making those investments in the right place, while improving infrastructure and services, must be the focal point of this new phase of our town’s life.”
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