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
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.
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