Weston's Tropicana saved

The Tropicana at Weston-super-Mare is to be saved. The town's MP said the demolition of the former swimming pool will not go ahead after a decision by the Communities Secretary.

Full report: Tropicana saved from demolition

A landmark in Weston-super-Mare has been saved from demolition. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has ruled that The Tropicana can't be knocked down.

The building has been derelict for more than a decade and the future of the site has been uncertain for some time.

Laura Makin-Isherwood reports:

Weston-s-Mare MP 'delighted' with the news

I told the Minister what local people wanted, and I’m delighted to say he’s listened. Now Derek Mead has got the chance he wanted to fix the Trop, and it’s up to him to grab it with both hands and make it work. Kerry and Michelle Michael rebuilt the Grand Pier in a year; let’s see if Derek can beat their record!”

– John Penrose, Conservative MP for Weston-super-Mare.


Statement from North Somerset Council

We welcome the clarification from the Secretary of State and note that he recognises that circumstances might result in consideration of a further application for demolition.

We can now move forward and try again to identify viable proposals from the private or community sector which properly meet EU regulations and the needs of visitors and residents.

Other options have already been under consideration during this hiatus and we will continue to progress these until we can make a decision."

– North Somerset Council's Executive.

Weston's Tropicana saved from the bulldozers

The Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Tropicana at Weston-super-Mare has been saved from demolition.

The town's Conservative MP John Penrose said the demolition of the former swimming pool will not go ahead after a decision by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

A group of local businesses wants to re-develop the site, and reinstate a swimming pool.

Planning application for Weston Tropicana approved

A planning application for the Tropicana site on Weston-super-Mare seafront has been approved by North Somerset Council. Trop (WsM) Ltd's outline application was unanimously approved by the council's South Area Committee at its meeting this evening (February 21).

However, even though South Area has approved the plans, this does not mean the scheme will automatically go ahead. The site is owned by the council. Therefore, the applicant still requires landowner's consent from the council before any development can take place.

Although the council owns the site, it has not put in this planning application. Anybody can put in a planning application for someone else's land but, even if they have planning permission, they can't go ahead with it unless they have the landowner's consent. The council has two hats here - one as the planning authority and one as the landowner. The planning application has to be considered purely on planning grounds. The deliverability of a scheme is not a consideration when granting planning permission. But these are matters we do take into account when considering landowner's consent.

– Cllr Tony Lake, the council's executive member responsible for asset management