‘Station Gateway’ key to Weston’s regeneration – work could soon start after Network Rail agreement
PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 April 2017
Progress is being made on a ‘fundamental’ part of Weston’s regeneration, which could involve homes and a multi-storey car park being built near the railway station.
North Somerset Council’s overall vision for Weston includes improving the area around the station to link it more closely with the centre and the seafront.
The plan is to make it more attractive when visitors first arrive in Weston by train.
The authority says the station and the area around it is a ‘fundamental part’ of the town’s regeneration, which includes plans for thousands of new homes in the centre and revamping the Town Square.
A council spokesman said: “Sites adjacent to the station, Locking Road car park and Sunnyside Road are in the ownership of the Homes and Communities Agency which is beginning to consider proposals for new homes on the sites.
“Replacement car parking in the form of a multi-storey will also need to be accommodated.”
The Mercury understands the multi-storey car park could be built near to the station, along with homes or retail units.
The council will enter an agreement with Network Rail, which operates the railway station and its car park, so it can start doing surveys on the land and designing how the site will look in the future.
To progress with the design and investigation work to create its ‘Station Gateway’ area, the council needs an Office of Rail and Road agreement, which can only be provided by Network Rail.
It means the council will have to pay Network Rail about £45,000 to have the document completed, although this fee has already been approved by the council as part of its regeneration budget.
The council sees the station as a pivotal part of its overall regeneration plans.
The council’s document said: “Station Gateway, a collection of sites focused around Weston railway station, is identified as one of the key development areas and forms a fundamental part of a proposed high quality regeneration corridor linking the training station to the east, to the town centre and seafront.”
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