Weston-super-Mare Town Centre Regeneration - Draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Weston-super-Mare town centre regeneration Draft SPD

Key sites and the focus for regeneration

A number of key sites have been identified as offering a particular opportunity to unlock development. These include the regeneration of underused brownfield sites in a priority area stretching from beyond the railway station to the seafront (See Figure 5). This is an extensive area including land around the railway station and Locking Road car park (Station Gateway), Walliscote Place and Dolphin Square. This area contains key brownfield sites which have been allocated for development.

The area provides an opportunity to deliver significant housing, improve the quality of the area and make a significant difference to the first impressions of the town and link to the heart of the centre. Public realm improvements will include a tree-lined boulevard between the Station and the seafront along Station Road, Walliscote Grove Road and Carlton Street which improves pedestrian and cycle links to the seafront and aims to incorporate a sustainable drainage system.

5.1 Station Gateway

A detailed masterplan for this area will be progressed in partnership with owners, developers and the rail industry to deliver a mainly residential mixed use development.

5.2 Walliscote Place

The re-development and reuse of the Police Station site, former Magistrates’ Court, Roselawn Terrace, Walliscote Grove Road East Car Park, and their immediate surroundings, will act as a catalyst development to set a new quality benchmark for the town. Public realm improvements will enhance the setting of the new buildings, listed buildings and local heritage assets and establishing the area as a key gateway to the town.

5.3 Dolphin Square and Environs

Work commenced in 2016 on a £18m scheme to provide a cinema, restaurants, indoor climbing and soft play facilities on part of the former Dolphin Square site. Once completed this will have a major impact on leisure and choice of restaurants in the heart of the town centre. Uncertainty around the delivery of the retail-led final phase of the Dolphin Square development has raised the possibility of alternative approaches and uses. A housing-led development would contribute to quality town centre housing provision within the conservation area and achieve a step change in line with the Prospectus for Change.

5.4 Town Square and the Italian Gardens

This is a key public space and destination at the northern end of the High Street that is currently not fulfilling its potential, and its enhancement as a leisure and event space is proposed. Improvements will create better links to the seafront and to the wider town centre helping to animate the High Street. Improved frontages on to the square will be encouraged.

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