Weston's housing zone status brings in funding

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 April 2015

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TWO grants totalling £100,000 have been given to North Somerset Council to help the regeneration of Weston town centre.

The two £50,000 grants from the Department for Communities and Local Government have been given to the authority so it can create local development orders.

These are designed to help build 1,500 homes across the town centre and nearby Avoncrest site at Herluin Way by Asda.

The two areas have just been awarded housing zone status by the Government.

The orders will help to simplify the overall planning process and make it easier for the council to implement building schemes on brownfield sites, reducing the pressure for development on greenbelt land.

The council’s director of development and environment, David Turner, said: “This funding and the housing zone designation will help raise the profile of what we are trying to do in our co-ordinated strategy to regenerate Weston’s town centre.

“It follows closely on the publication of the prospectus for change which sets out how we see the town centre developing with significant growth and investment in high-quality residential developments, a new university campus used by both students and the community, better accessibility, a digitally-enabled town and space for entrepreneurs and enterprises to create new businesses and jobs in line with our wider employment-led strategy.”

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