Weston’s MP Welcomes Government Cash to Build Up, Not Out in Central Weston

Weston’s MP, John Penrose, has welcomed Government cash for new homes on a brownfield site in central Weston.

Ministers have given just over £1million for new homes on the old Police Station site in Walliscote Place. It is the latest instalment of almost £7million they’ve already provided to improve the area with new walkways, cycle paths, bus access, and road safety measures.

John said, “For many years now, I’ve been pushing North Somerset Council and Government Ministers to build up, not out in central Weston, to bring regenerate the town centre with investment and fresh life around local shops. It’s greener too, because it cuts commuting and means we’re building on brownfield sites rather than concreting over green fields. This latest grant is great news, and means another step forward for central Weston “


John launched his ‘Build Up, Not Out’ campaign in 2013 as a way to ‘save our High Streets and green fields in one go’: http://johnpenrose.org/wp/2013/02/26/how-to-save-our-high-streets-and-green-fields-in-one-go/

John backed these plans when they were first talked about at a meeting all the way back in 2015: http://johnpenrose.org/wp/2015/07/08/weston-mercury-mp-approves-of-plans-to-add-life-social-feel-to-town-centre/

John has pushed Ministers at the highest levels of Government for dates and details of building up, not out: http://johnpenrose.org/wp/2018/03/06/john-calls-for-date-and-details-to-solve-britains-housing-crisis/

John has met with wildlife campaigners, such as the Avon Wildlife Trust, to discuss the importance of protecting greenfields to reverse the decline of nature: http://johnpenrose.org/wp/2018/05/08/john-penrose-meets-avon-wildlife-trust-to-discuss-reversing-the-decline-of-nature/

John continues to push North Somerset Council on urban regeneration: http://johnpenrose.org/wp/2020/11/18/copy-of-letter-sent-to-council-leader-and-executive-member-in-response-to-the-new-local-plans-choices-document/

The Government’s announcement of this cash allocation for Walliscote Place can be found here: http://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-new-homes-to-be-built-and-derelict-land-transformed

A map of the works plan for the surrounding area can be found here: https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2021-02/Alexandra%20Parade%20works%20map.pdf