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The future of the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare is once again in doubt after North Somerset Council reported that the latest proposals to fund a restoration project appear to have failed.
In a statement the Council said:
Following the failure of Trop WsM Ltd to come forward with any funding agreement for their project, and an independent assessment of the current proposals, North Somerset Council members will now be asked to consider the next steps for the Tropicana site at Weston-super-Mare.
According to the Council, The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership has concluded that: 'the business plan as currently presented together with the clarification provided is most likely to fail in terms of securing funding for the development'.
As a result the council is now reconvening the Tropicana Working Party to consider the next steps for development of the site. It is expected to report to the next meeting of the Council on 15th July
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:
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.
The plans have been unanimously approved at a council meeting tonight (21 February). This report, made before the decision was known, explains the plans for the site as well as possible complications.
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.