Dolphin Square

Central Ward Councillor Richard Nightingale says, ‘The Mercury reported last week about the possibility of residential development on phase 4 at Dolphin Square. There is no doubt that the development of the site by McClaren Life has been a victim of the recession, which it took years to recover from. Retail developments and businesses right across the country have been badly hit, and you can see evidence of this in the failure of Woolworths several years ago to the newest difficulties at BHS. In our town we can seen this mirrored in areas like Meadow Street.’
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‘North Somerset Council worked extremely hard to get Dolphin Square back on track and now phase 1 and 2 have been delivered, and phase 3 including a cinema, is well underway. I have every confidence in Weston and I know that when these phases are finished and the Council’s Town Centre regeneration programme reaches its peak, we will be a sought after town for retail businesses. That is why I can not and will not support a fully residential option on such a prime site. We must, at the very least, see retail on the lower floors. Although possibly more profitable for the developers, a residential development offers nothing for residents or tourists nor does it create more jobs. Weston has already suffered delays and postponements over this privately operated project and enough is enough. Of course these are early days and any change of direction from retail, or rumoured change of responsibility from McClaren Life to Homes and Communities Agency, would need permissions and a further planning application, when residents would be able to formally comment. We are building today for the future of our town, it’s important we give developers the right direction now.’