New homes on the horizon for Weston town centre

Plans to create a new housing development in the centre of Weston-super-Mare have been announced, with North Somerset Council approving the transfer of the Locking Road car park site to the Homes and Communities Agency at the Full Council meeting on 16 February.

As a designated housing zone, Weston-super-Mare is poised to benefit from significant Government investment to develop brownfield sites. This is a key part of the council’s ambitious regeneration programme for Weston which will significantly increase the number of good quality homes in the town centre.

More people living in the town will boost the demand for shops and services and inject new life into the town centre, particularly during the evenings and out of season.

Locking Road car park has been identified for some time as a potential site for development and has been highlighted in recent masterplanning work as offering a real opportunity to attract investment.

Cllr David Pasley, Executive Member for Finance, Human Resources and Asset Management, said: “This is a unique opportunity to unlock significant government investment in our ambitious programme of regeneration and growth for Weston-super-Mare and to act as a catalyst for further investment in other brownfield sites.

“Attracting more people to live in Weston is a central part of our vision to create a more prosperous and vibrant town centre. The Locking Road car park site offers an exciting opportunity to move forward with our bold plans and to ensure more good quality housing is available.

“The regeneration of the town is already making great strides, with construction at Dolphin Square well under way and the council moving forward with plans to develop modern urban apartments at Walliscote Place.”

The scheme will take some time to develop and in the short term the use of the car park will be unaffected. The council will work closely with partner organisations to mitigate the future impact on car park users, with an expectation that appropriate alternative arrangements will be put in place.

The agreement to transfer includes provision for the land to revert back to the council if satisfactory agreement cannot be reached on these critical issues.