Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Comment ID 3569313//2
Document Section Site Allocations Plan March 2016 Schedule 1: Proposed large sites for residential development over 10 dwellings (Sites marked with a * are mixed use sites). Weston-super-Mare Station Approach * View all on this section
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Response Date 26 Apr 2016

Station Approach

This site is a new allocation for mixed uses, including 300 new dwellings and potential office development, and includes land within the HCA’s ownership at Locking Road Car Park and land bound by Station Approach.

Town Centre Regeneration SPD

The HCA supports and encourages the Council’s approach to adopting the Town Centre Regeneration Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to set out design standards. The HCA recognises a need to provide some parking associated with the station and supports the retention of public car parking at Station Approach. The provision of improved pedestrian links is also welcomed.

As a key landowner, the HCA would welcome the opportunity to be involved in the preparation of the SPD during its development. It is considered that the SPD should set a broad Framework for holistic redevelopment of the Station Approach site. The HCA would, however, request that the SPD provides flexibility for a phased approach that does not inhibit the HCA landholdings from coming forward before other parts of the development site. Similarly, the HCA would seek to avoid a scenario where the preparation of the Town Centre Regeneration SPD delays development coming forward on the HCA sites. In this regard, clarity in terms of timescales for preparation and adoption of the SPD would be welcomed.

Land Uses

The HCA would reiterate their commitment to providing Starter Homes on appropriate sites within their ownership. The site at Station Approach provides an opportunity for Starter Homes to come forward and we seek for the wording of the details for the site to be amended.

We question whether Station Approach is the right location for a new primary school. The site is dissected by a large dual carriageway and the railway line forms a distinct boundary to the south of Locking Road Car Park. Additionally, it is considered that the shape of the site does not lend itself to providing the required facilities to meet modern primary school standards. Therefore, we believe that the provision of a primary school on the site should be reviewed to ensure that it can be delivered with the most efficient and effective land uses for that location.

On this basis, we request that the wording of the details for Station Approach is amended as follows:

  • “New allocation. Includes Sunnyside Road, Locking Road Car Park, Station Approach and part of Tesco car park
  • High Quality Design on key approach to Town Centre
  • Design standards to be set out in Town Centre Regeneration Supplementary Planning Document
  • Retention of public car parking levels through multi storey development
  • Improved pedestrian links to and across railway station
  • Site suitable for residential and mixed use, with 50% of the homes provided as Starter Homes, subject to viability. Starter Homes are to be offered to eligible purchasers under 40 years of age at a discount of 20% to open market value.
  • Area suitable for office development