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Who's involved?

North Somerset Council, Portishead Town Council and Aberdeen Standard Investments are working together to form a team with the necessary expertise to take the project forward. They have formed a steering group to explore how local businesses, residents and anyone with an interest in the area's future can have their say and develop options for the future of the area.

Who is on the steering group?

The group contains representatives from the Aberdeen Standard Investments, North Somerset Council, Portishead Town Council and local businesses.

How does this relate to the previous plans for Old Mill Road?

Having listened to feedback from the local community and North Somerset Council, Aberdeen Standard Investments has withdrawn the Old Mill Road planning application.

What area does the new Wyndham Way Study Area cover?

A key part of the scoping study process has been to consider a suitable project. Several factors have been considered through this process including a detailed review of the various buildings, existing uses and land ownerships in the area.

We intend the area to cover parts of the town centre between the high street, the marina and the site of the proposed new MetroWest Station. You can view the area on page 10 of the scoping study. The area is composed of many ownerships. Not every part of the area identified will change and some parts will remain the same.

What are the timescales?

The first stage of work - to collect the thoughts of those with an interest in Portishead, to agree the extent of the study area and explore the best way to create new plans – happened between September 2020 and February 2021. North Somerset Council will now begin working with Portishead Town Council, landowners, residents and businesses to create a development framework for the area.

How can people get involved?

We are committed to involving local businesses, residents and anyone with an interest in the area's future. We started the conversation in September 2020 and will continue to engage throughout the process. An indicative programme suggests consultation and engagement on the development framework will begin this year. Sign up for updates.

How will businesses based in the area be affected?

This is very early days for this work, and we want local businesses to be heard from the outset. We are committed to working with businesses and stakeholders to seek their views before any plans are put forward. Aberdeen Standard Investments extended leases in the area covered by the previous Old Mill Road plans until December 2021. We are speaking to businesses in the wider area and will continue to keep everyone updated.

How will COVID-19 impact the plans?

We are in uncertain times, which will doubtless affect how we live, work and travel in the future. We will, of course, explore how any plans need to respond to these changes, alongside the climate and ecological crises.

Who can I contact?

People with any questions can get in touch here, email WWSA@social.co.uk or phone 0330 1070 535.

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