Tropicana - another big delay

DEVELOPERS behind the £25million plans for Weston's derelict Tropicana have delayed a planning application until next year. Earlier this year

DEVELOPERS behind the £25million plans for Weston's derelict Tropicana have delayed a planning application until next year.Earlier this year Henry Boot Developments entered into an agreement with North Somerset Council to build Lifestation@Tropicana, a hotel and leisure complex with a swimming pool.Now the Weston & Somerset Mercury can reveal a planning application originally due to be received by the authority in August, was delayed to October 21 and is now not expected until February 21, 2008.North Somerset councillors are expected to approve the extension to the deadline at a full council meeting on Tuesday. A statement released on Tuesday on behalf of the developer revealed that a public consultation is due to take place in November, despite being originally planned for the summer. No dates have yet been set. The Winter Gardens was provisionally booked by the developer for a summer public meeting, but this did not materialise.No companies have signed contracts with the developer yet. The statement read: "At present the developers have confirmed interest for over half the scheme (55 per cent). "Legal negotiations are under way with these occupiers to secure binding agreements and commitment to the Tropicana redevelopment." The developer's representatives say this means over half the floor space has been accounted for including the hotel, cinema, pool, bowling alley and some bars and restaurants.The plans have previously been slammed by Weston's mayor, John Ley-Morgan, who has labelled them as 'a white elephant'.Earlier this summer, Friends of Our Tropicana, a pressure group, described the current plans as 'the visual death of North Somerset's most valuable asset'. Henry Boot plans for the Lifestation@ Tropicana to open to the public in Spring 2010.

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