Seafront land set to be sold
PUBLISHED: 09:29 04 January 2013
NORTH Somerset Council is in final negotiations to sell a piece of land off Weston seafront to developers.
The authority intends to sell the area near to the site of the former Royal Pier Hotel to developer Wahid Samady.
Mr Samady, whose blueprint for developing the hotel and surrounding land was approved in 2011, has previously said a deal has been in place for months for him to take it over as part of his plans.
The potential sale of the land, which measures just 103sq metres, has led to concerns that a much-larger-than-expected development could be created along the northern part of the seafront, potentially affecting amenities such as the nearby Prince Consort Gardens.
The council and Mr Samady have both denied there are any plans to develop Prince Consort Gardens.
Mr Samady is in final negotiations to purchase the small piece of land for £25,000.
North Somerset Council says agreement has been reached for the disposal of the area next to the car park overlooking Birnbeck Pier so that it can be included within approved plans for the former hotel site.
The blueprint for the huge regeneration of the Birnbeck Road site, which was home to a hotel until it closed in 2009, includes apartments, restaurants and an information centre.
The derelict landmark was gutted by fire in 2010 and demolished days later amid safety concerns.
Mr Samady, along with business partner Michael Ross, has also exchanged contracts with Urban Splash for nearby Birnbeck Pier.
News on how both developments may progress has been kept under wraps over the past year.
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