Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft

Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft

Major Development Sites in Weston-super-Mare

Policy WSM 7

Dolphin Square

 

Core Strategy Policies

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

CS21 Retail hierarchy and provision

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre. 

Policy Intentions:

  • Comprehensive redevelopment to provide enhanced retail and leisure facilities.
  • Improved urban design and public realm.
  • Improved pedestrian movements between sea front and High Street.
  • No net loss of public parking spaces on the overall site. 

Background

Dolphin Square was the subject of a Supplementary Planning Document and has planning consent for comprehensive redevelopment for retail and leisure use. This is the priority redevelopment site within Weston town centre and this policy reflects the current proposals and policy intentions for the site. 

 

Policy WSM 7: Dolphin Square

The comprehensive redevelopment of land at Dolphin Square as shown on the Proposals Map to provide enhanced retail, tourist and leisure facilities will be supported.

Proposals must include:

  • substantial new retailing opportunities designed to secure qualitative improvements to the retail offer of the town and to create a new retail focus at the southern end of the High Street;
  • a mix of bars/restaurants/cafes leisure and tourist uses;
  • active ground floor frontages throughout the day and into the evening, particularly along Oxford Street and the seafront;
  • high quality design and materials to create a distinctive characterful development and improved public realm;
  • a development which through its design and location of uses attracts pedestrian movements from the town centre and seafront, such as through the use of vistas aligned with key buildings;
  • a design to ensure attractive, safe and direct pedestrian access to and from the site to the High Street, St James Street and the seafront/Princess Royal Square to help create a pedestrian friendly environment; and
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including a comprehensive travel plan and cycle parking.

Policy WSM 8

Victoria Square

 

Core Strategy Policies

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

CS21 Retail hierarchy and provision

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre.

 

Policy Intentions:

  • Conservation-led redevelopment to provide enhanced retail and leisure facilities.
  • Improved urban design and public realm.
  • Improved pedestrian footfall between the sea front and High Street. 

Background

This site was included in the now superseded draft Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan. It is a key site located between the Grand Pier and the Sovereign Centre where the right form of redevelopment could generate significant footfall between the sea front and the retail area. There are a number of historic buildings on the site and an opportunity through new development or selective redevelopment to create an attractive area for retail, leisure and tourist investment. 

 

Policy WSM 8: Victoria Square

The conservation-led regeneration/redevelopment of land at Victoria Square as shown on the Proposals Map to provide enhanced retail, tourist and leisure facilities will be supported.

Proposals must include:

  • new premises to encourage a mix of retail uses to improve the quality and range of retailing in the town centre;
  • a mix of bars/restaurants/cafes, leisure, tourist and hotel uses with potential for residential and office uses on upper floors;
  • active ground floor frontages throughout the day and into the evening, particularly along the seafront;
  • respect for the character of the historic built environment in terms of, where appropriate, the re-use and adaptation of buildings;
  • high quality design and materials which makes the most of its prominent seafront location to create a distinctive characterful development and improved public realm;
  • a development which through its design and location of uses draws pedestrian movements from the seafront to the High Street;
  • a design to ensure attractive, safe and direct pedestrian access to and from the site to the High Street via the Sovereign Centre, Regent Street and the seafront/Princess Royal Square to help create a pedestrian friendly environment;
  • the retention and restoration of the Sandringham and Beach Hotel buildings due to their positive contribution to the Conservation Area and seafront;
  • new development of a similar height, scale and massing to surrounding buildings; and
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including a comprehensive travel plan and cycle parking.

Policy WSM 9

St. James Street

 

Core Strategy Policies

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

CS21 Retail hierarchy and provision

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Policy Intentions:

  • Provide range of retail opportunities.
  • Improve pedestrian movements between the sea front and High Street.
  • Encourage improved urban design and public realm.
  • Support evening and night time economy. 

Background

This area was highlighted for regeneration in thenow superseded draft Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan. This site lies between the main retail focus of the High Street, Princess Royal Square and the proposed Dolphin Square redevelopment and so is uniquely positioned to provide additional retail and leisure floorspace which will improve footfall within and through this area and link other parts of the town centre. This is seen as the priority area after Dolphin Square to provide new modern retail units to attract a greater variety of retailers to the town. 

 

Policy WSM 9: St James Street

The redevelopment/regeneration of sites and buildings in the St. James Street area as shown on the Proposals Map to provide enhanced retail, tourist and leisure facilities and other town centre uses will be supported.

Proposals must include:

  • new premises to encourage a mix of retail uses to improve the quality and range of retailing in the town centre and to link Dolphin Square with other parts of the town centre;
  • a mix of bars/restaurants/cafes, leisure, tourist and hotel uses with potential for residential and office uses on upper floors;
  • active ground floor frontages throughout the day and into the evening;
  • high quality design and materials to create a distinctive characterful development and improved public realm;
  • designs which respect the generally smaller scale character of the built environment in this area, whilst enhancing historic buildings and features;
  • developments which through their design and location of uses attract pedestrian movements to and from the town centre and seafront, such as through the use of vistas aligned with key buildings;
  • designs which ensure attractive, safe and direct pedestrian access to and from the site to the High Street, Dolphin Square and the seafront/Princess Royal Square to help create a pedestrian friendly environment; and
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including travel plans and cycle parking.

Policy WSM 10

Lower High Street East

 

Core Strategy Policies

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

CS21 Retail hierarchy and provision

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Policy Intentions:

  • Provide improved retailing opportunities.
  • No net loss of public parking spaces.
  • Improve accessibility and environmental quality of routes from the east into the town centre.
  • Improved urban design and public realm. 

Background

This area was highlighted for regeneration in thenow superseded draft Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan. This is currently considered to be a lesser priority for redevelopment than sites located between the sea and High Street, but nevertheless provides redevelopment opportunities for a range of town centre uses. 

 

Policy WSM 10: Lower High Street East

The redevelopment/regeneration of sites and buildings in the Lower High Street East area as shown on the Proposals Map to provide enhanced retail and other town centre uses will be supported.

Proposals must include:

  • new premises to encourage a mix of town centre uses with potential for residential and office uses on upper floors;
  • active ground floor frontages throughout the day and into the evening;
  • high quality design and materials to create a distinctive characterful development and improved public realm;
  • designs which respect the built environment in this area, whilst enhancing historic buildings and features;
  • urban design and public realm improvements to provide attractive, safe and direct pedestrian access from the east (A370 and station) to and from the High Street;
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including travel plans and cycle parking; and
  • improvements to, and no net loss of, public car parking spaces.

Policy WSM 11

Walliscote area

 

Core Strategy Policies

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

CS21 Retail hierarchy and provision

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre. 

Policy Intentions:

  • To highlight redevelopment opportunities to provide enhanced employment, education and residential uses.
  • Enhanced urban design and public realm improvements at this important gateway into the town centre.
  • Improved pedestrian movements between the Walliscote area, seafront, railway station and the remainder of the town centre.
  • Environmental enhancement, particularly improvement to the settings of listed buildings. 

Background

This is a newly identified area where change might be expected in the future. The area is in a mix of uses with a range of building types and sizes, including some large listed buildings and traditional stone buildings some of which have been converted into different uses. The area is divided between the town centre and gateway policy areas. It includes the newly refurbished Town Hall offices and library facilities. 

 

Policy WSM 11: Walliscote area

Within the Walliscote area as shown on the Proposals Map support will be given to redevelopment proposals for employment, education, residential, leisure and community uses.

Proposals will be expected to:

  • preserve and enhance the character and setting of the Beach Lawns Conservation Area;
  • bring forward sustainable development proposals that enhance the setting and, where appropriate, suggest appropriate alternative uses of listed buildings (Walliscote School, Magistrates Court, Emmanuel Church, Old Town Hall);
  • create an improved public realm which reflects the character of the historic built environment at this important gateway into the town centre;
  • improve the attractiveness and safety of pedestrian and cycle movements between the station, sea front and the town centre, with priority given to the crossing of main roads; and
  • include measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including a comprehensive travel plan and cycle parking.

Policy WSM 12

Birnbeck Pier and environs

 

Core Strategy Policies

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Policy Intentions:

  • Restoration and reuse of historic pier.
  • Improvements to public realm.

 

Background

This area was highlighted for regeneration in thenow superseded draft Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan. The site has been a regeneration priority for many years and despite a number of schemes being prepared over the years no clear long-term solution has been identified. The policy emphasises the key objectives of securing the long term future for the island and pier whilst providing flexibility for innovative schemes to be considered.

 

 

Policy WSM 12: Birnbeck Pier and environs

Comprehensive redevelopment proposals for land at Birnbeck Pier as shown on the Proposals Map which secure the long term future of both the island and pier and reinstates access for residents and visitors will be encouraged.

Proposals must:

  • plan comprehensively for the pier and landward areas;
  • Consider a range and mix of uses which creates a destination at the northern end of the seafront. Priority will be given to leisure, tourism, hotel, café, restaurant and bars, and residential uses, but other uses may be appropriate;
  • provide innovative designs and uses to create an identifiable landmark location and high quality public realm which respects and enhances its historic environment;
  • creation of strong links between the Island, Anchor Head, Marine Lake and the Promenade in terms of improved accessibility, enhanced public realm and uses which will encourage pedestrian flows;
  • provision of adequate car parking to cater for the proposed uses;
  • protection of important views and vistas within the area, including views from the bay;
  • conservation and enhancement of key historic features within the area; and
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including travel plans and cycle parking.

Policy WSM 13

Sunnyside Road site

 

Core Strategy Policy

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre.

 

Policy Intentions:

  • Provision of new office space.
  • Environmental improvements to prominent site on A370 corridor. 

Background

This site was highlighted for development in the Replacement Local Plan and also the now superseded draft Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan where it was highlighted as the preferred location for new B1 office development within the town centre. It is a prominent site on the main A370 corridor on the edge of the town centre, and office use remains the preferred use. 

 

Policy WSM 13: Sunnyside Road site

The redevelopment of land at Sunnyside Road as shown on the Proposals Map for B1 office use will be supported.

Proposals must include:

  • a landmark B1 office building with capacity for approximately 10,000m2 and car parking. Small scale ancillary uses which support or complement the office use may be appropriate;
  • design and materials which enhance this important gateway site into the town centre and its relationship to the station;
  • direct, safe and attractive pedestrian linkages to the railway station and the town centre, including potential improvements to the station pedestrian footbridge;
  • high quality public realm and landscaping throughout the development;
  • provision of adequate car parking to meet the needs of users; and
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including travel plans and cycle parking.

Policy WSM 14

Rugby Club site

 

Core Strategy Policies

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Policy Intentions:

  • Residential redevelopment.
  • Relocation of rugby club.
  • Environmental improvements.
  • Improvements to A370 corridor. 

Background

This site was included for residential development in the now superseded draft Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan, subject to the successful relocation of the rugby club. This approach is proposed to be retained given the accessibility of the site to the town centre. 

 

Policy WSM 14: Rugby Club site

The redevelopment of the Rugby Club site as shown on the Proposals Map for residential use (100 dwellings) will be supported.

Proposals must include:

  • relocation of rugby club;
  • design, materials and landscaping to enhance the site, particularly from the A370 corridor;
  • creation of safe, direct and attractive pedestrian movements to the town centre and railway station;
  • enhancement of public open space at Drove Road playing fields, including the creation of pedestrian routes;
  • provision of attractive and safe public open space within the development; and
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including travel plans and cycle parking.

Policy WSM 15

Tesco site

 

Core Strategy Policies

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

CS21 Retail hierarchy and provision

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre.

 

Policy Intentions:

  • Environmental improvements and townscape improvements.
  • Improved accessibility from the east into the town centre.
  • Retention of parking facilities.
  • Retention of a town centre foodstore.

Background

This site was included for redevelopment in the now superseded draft Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan. The policy approach remains one of retaining a foodstore in the town centre, whist supporting any opportunities for redevelopment or reconfiguration of the site, particularly where this improves the appearance of the approach routes into the town from the east for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. 

 

Policy WSM 15: Tesco site

The redevelopment of the Tesco site as shown on the Proposals Map for the expansion and reconfiguration of the foodstore plus mixed uses on the remainder of the site will be supported.

Proposals must include:

  • a high quality foodstore design with active frontages;
  • public realm improvements in the vicinity of the store;
  • environmental enhancements to the A370 corridor, including the use of landmark buildings;
  • improved pedestrian routes between the A370/station and the town centre;
  • potential for the main entrance to the store to front Alexandra Parade with an attractive active frontage along this elevation;
  • opportunity to integrate with, and safeguard, existing historic buildings on the Walliscote Road frontage;
  • no net loss of parking; and
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including travel plans and cycle parking.

Policy WSM 16

Locking Road car park

 

Core Strategy Policy

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Policy Intentions:

  • Environmental enhancements.
  • No net loss of public car parking facilities.

Background

This site was included for development in the now superseded draft Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan. This is a prominent site on the edge of the town centre which has longer term redevelopment potential subject to the retention of an appropriate amount of parking.

 

Policy WSM 16: Locking Road car park

The redevelopment of Locking Road car park as shown on the Proposals Map for mixed use will be supported. This could include residential use (approximately 80 units).

Proposals must include:

  • no net loss of public car parking;
  • a high quality development which enhances this gateway site, provides public realm improvements and strengthens links into the town centre;
  • where appropriate, prominent high quality designed buildings along the Francis Fox Road and Hildesheim Bridge frontages which step up in height in accordance with the height of the bridge;
  • enclosure to the bridge to achieve a higher density urban feel to the gateway area;
  • relocation of the coach and lorry parking to a large easily accessible, safe and secure site with equivalent facilities;
  • improved pedestrian routes through the site to the train station and the town centre;
  • pedestrian and cycle access from Drove Road bridge onto the site with clear route through to the train station/Francis Fox Road; and
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including travel plans and cycle parking.

Policy WSM 17

South of Herluin Way (Avoncrest site)

 

Core Strategy Policies

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

CS21 Retail hierarchy and provision

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Policy Intentions:

  • Environmental enhancement to A370 corridor.
  • Mixed use development.
  • Address contamination issue.

Background

This site was included in the Replacement Local Plan and the now superseded draft Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan. This is a contaminated (former tip) site located on the main A370 corridor into Weston where comprehensive redevelopment is supported. Accessibility into the site from surrounding areas is poor and highway improvements will be key including the proposed Airfield Bridge Link across the site to improve access across the railway from the south east. The proposed uses for the site include residential and employment, and also the potential for a new foodstore.

 

Policy WSM 17: South of Herluin Way (Avoncrest site)

The redevelopment of land south of Herluin Way (Avoncrest site) as defined on the Proposals Map for mixed use will be supported. This could include residential (up to 600 units) as part of a comprehensive master plan and linked to the wider regeneration of the area, employment use (5ha) and a retail foodstore.

Proposals must include:

  • pedestrian and cycleway connections to the Winterstoke Village development via Hutton Moor Lane and the proposed Airfield Bridge Link, the town centre and Hutton Moor Leisure Centre;
  • safeguarding of route of Airfield Bridge Link;
  • comprehensive investigation and mitigation of contamination of the land;
  • high quality design and landscaping throughout the development, particularly development fronting Herluin Way to enhance the A370 corridor and the approach to Weston town centre and public realm improvements; and
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including travel plans and cycle parking.
  • Retail proposals will need to comply with DM 65 (Retail development outside defined centres).

Policy WSM 18

Gas works site

 

Core Strategy Policies

CS29: Weston-super-Mare Town Centre

Replacement Local Plan Policies

E/1 Weston-super-Mare Vision

E/1A Revitalisation of Weston seafront and town centre

E/1B Town centre and gateway and outer commercial area.

RT/1 Strategy for revitalising the town and district centres

RT/2 Rejuvenating Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Policy Intentions:

  • Environmental enhancement to A370 corridor.
  • Mixed use development.

Background

This site was included for development in the now superseded draft Weston Town Centre Area Action Plan. This is currently an operational site which is only likely to come forward in the longer term. It is a prominent site on the A370 corridor and if developed could significantly improve the appearance of this area.

 

Policy WSM 18: Gas Works site

The redevelopment of the Gas Works site as shown on the Proposals Map for residential use (200 dwellings) and employment use (1.9ha) will be supported.

Proposals must include:

  • comprehensive investigation and mitigation relating to safety and contamination of the land;
  • design, materials and landscaping to enhance the site, particularly the A370 corridor into the town centre;
  • creation of safe, direct and attractive pedestrian movements to the town centre and railway station;
  • the employment development being in the form of a landmark building fronting onto Drove Road roundabout; and
  • measures to encourage sustainable transportation alternatives to the private car, including travel plans and cycle parking.