Saturday, September 23, 2023

Decision due on future of one of council’s main offices

A council must make a decision on the development of one its main offices.

North Somerset Council plans to redevelop Castlewood in Clevedon as affordable housing and business premises.

In May, the council decided to gradually move out of Castlewood and to open the site up for development. This decision was made as part of a review of the council’s use of office space to enable new ways of working flexibly and to reduce costs and the council’s carbon footprint.

Cllr Ash Cartman, executive member for corporate services, said: “The redevelopment of Castlewood will provide homes and jobs that meet the needs of our communities, while also helping deliver current government targets for housing supply.

“We no longer need two large office buildings and our ambition to use our office space more efficiently has sped up since the pandemic and the introduction of home working among our colleagues.

“Funds generated will help to deliver other priorities such as improvements to schools, transport or leisure facilities.”

At their meeting on January 10, councillors will be asked if they agree that a residential-led development is the best way forward. This would involve the demolition of the existing building.

The council says the preferred option of demolition and new build will result in a financial benefit of £6.5m over a 10-year period.

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