New hope for regeneration sites

North Somerset Council has acquired the major development sites from government agency Homes England

At the end of March 2022 North Somerset Council confirmed that it had intervened to acquire three potential development sites from Homes England after almost a year of negotiations.

These sites have long been identified as key opportunities in Weston but there has not been the progress expected when Weston was designated as a Housing Zone by Homes England, the government’s agency for accelerating housing delivery.

The council now intends to procure a development partner to deliver new residential-led mixed use projects on these sites and land it already owns to further support the regeneration of the town.

There is expected to be a focus on delivering good design, energy efficient homes and as much affordable housing as is financially viable.

The sites are identified within the SuperWeston Placemaking Strategy, which deliberately identifies a series of granular interventions that over time can build value in the town to improve development viability which has long held back investment in the town centre.

In line with this approach, the council has said it will look to secure meanwhile activity until the sites are developed, particularly on Dolphin Square.

Cllr Mark Canniford, who leads on Placemaking for North Somerset Council said: “This is the culmination of over a year of negotiation and we are delighted to be taking on the sites.

“We are looking forward to getting on with delivery and ensuring a supply of good quality homes and facilities for local people, a key aim of the Super Weston Placemaking Strategy.

“We are doing everything we can to make the best use of brownfield land and to improve standards of living and the environment.”