Leisure development opportunity at Tropicana

Leisure development opportunity at Tropicana

North Somerset Council are preparing to re-advertise the Tropicana site on Weston-super-Mare seafront as a leisure development opportunity.

The EU procurement process will specify that the development must have an all-season pool, be developed within the existing site boundary and at no additional cost to the taxpayer.

Any potential developer will also have to demonstrate the viability of their proposals including their ability to fund any development and complete it within a reasonable timescale. We also have a preference for working with a team with a track record of delivering similar schemes successfully elsewhere.

The decision on advertising the development opportunity was approved at the meeting of the Executive on Tuesday 8 June.

Cllr Nigel Ashton, Leader of the Council, said: “Following the impact of the recession and the collapse of the Henry Boot proposals last year, we have been working hard to put the site back out to the market.

“We are very aware that the world has changed in the last couple of years, and the market remains volatile. As a result, we are being much more flexible in our specifications for the site. Other than a pool with a minimum water area of 450 square metres, and a preference for other commercial uses over residential, we are willing to consider developers’ ideas.

“The overriding priority will be the deliverability of the scheme, as we are keen to move forward quickly and see the site redeveloped. Having already had informal approaches from a number of interested potential developers, the signs are promising.”

Having received Executive approval, there will be, in due course, an opportunity for a wider group of stakeholders to have their say on the different proposals and influence the overall evaluation process.

Published 10 June 2010