John welcomes final phase of building project that will ‘inject fresh energy’ into Weston Town

The revitalisation of a vacant Weston-super-Mare building is nearing completion, with hopes it will ‘inject fresh energy’ to the town centre. The former Co-operative Bank building, on the corner of Meadow Street and Alexandra Parade is being converted into flats and retail space, with the project due to be finished…

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For years, Governments of all colours have failed to build enough houses to meet demand…

Spare a thought for the people, particularly the 20-and-30-something millennials, who struggle to pay rent, and can only dream about affording a deposit to buy a home of their own. For lots of us, rent or mortgages gobble up more than half our wages. That doesn’t leave much for other…

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Give housing developers ‘shot in the arm’ over council tax, says John Penrose

Housing developers should be given an “enormous shot in the arm” and charged council tax and business rates as soon as planning permission is granted, a Tory former minister has urged. John Penrose told MPs “the meter should start running” immediately after developers are granted permission in order to ramp…

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Housing masterplan should involve ‘building up not creating garden villages’

A housing masterplan should have been ‘bolder’ by recommending multi-storey housing blocks for places like Weston-super-Mare instead of creating new ‘garden villages’, according to MP John Penrose. Mr Penrose, MP for Weston and the surrounding villages, was responding to a consultation for the West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan (JSP)…

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