Homes and surgery planned for Woolavington

Bridgwater Mercury: Homes and surgery planned for Woolavington Homes and surgery planned for Woolavington

A VILLAGE could get a much-needed replacement for its cramped doctor's surgery, but not everybody is happy.

Woolavington Parish Council met last week to discuss a scheme by BAE Systems and Edington Surgery, for 60 homes and a new branch surgery off Crocker's Hill, to the north-west of the village.

Parish councillors will also soon be discussing plans just submitted by PM Asset Management for 120 homes on land south of Sedgemoor Way.

That scheme could also include a doctor's surgery, although PM Asset Management admits another medical facility might not be needed if the Crocker's Hill project goes ahead.

PM Asset Management's agents Barton Willmore say: “Should a doctor's surgery ultimately not be required on the proposed development site, an alternative non-residential use could be sought.”

Parish council chairman Adrian Chidgey told the Mercury the village desperately needed a new surgery.

He said: “The current surgery is very old and it's just a little building next to the Co-op. We've been going on for a long time about getting the surgery upgraded but that's not viable because it would have to have disabled ramps.”

However, within the village, not everybody agrees on where the surgery should go, and wide-ranging concerns have been raised about both proposed developments, including traffic, access and the principle of building on green fields.

A petition signed by 350 people objecting to the Crocker's Hill scheme has been passed on to Sedgemoor District Council.

Two letters of objection have already been penned to the council about the Sedgemoor Way project.

Robert Plews, of Darkfield Way, wrote: “If there was such a need for more houses, why are there so many empty properties in the village?

“Everyone I know that lives in the village does not want this to go through.”

A supporting statement for the BAE Systems and Edington Surgery scheme, which also includes a play area and road improvements, says its surgery would provide “excellent facilities” and bring “real health improvements”.

PM Asset Management says its scheme would also provide shops and other small businesses and represent a “sustainable development opportunity for Woolavington”.

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6:53pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Salhow says...

The Crockers Hill proposal is beyond the planning boundary and would be accessed from what is effectively a country lane. The proposed surgery would cater for 10,000 patients and the majority of these would not be able to access it by foot, causing major traffic and safety issues. There is no evidence to suggest that Woolavington needs a housing development of this size, nor a surgery of this size, particularly when the new Bridgwater Hospital is already under construction less than 3 miles away. SAVE OUR GREEN FIELDS, NO CROCKERS HILL DEVELOPMENT!!
The Crockers Hill proposal is beyond the planning boundary and would be accessed from what is effectively a country lane. The proposed surgery would cater for 10,000 patients and the majority of these would not be able to access it by foot, causing major traffic and safety issues. There is no evidence to suggest that Woolavington needs a housing development of this size, nor a surgery of this size, particularly when the new Bridgwater Hospital is already under construction less than 3 miles away. SAVE OUR GREEN FIELDS, NO CROCKERS HILL DEVELOPMENT!! Salhow

1:12pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Pwig says...

A Crockers Hill development would be a
major irreversable mistake.There are already 3 adjoining roads onto Higher Road, plus access to a primary school
and nursery all within a short distance.
The proposal would add yet another adjoining road.Whatever road improvements were made this could not alleviate this problem. The traffic volume
from a doctors surgery,housing development plus the impending energy park which is a little further along the
road, would generate significant additional problems.
Just to accommodate a doctors surgery
it would be wrong to create a dangerous
enviroment. Surely safety must come
first
A Crockers Hill development would be a major irreversable mistake.There are already 3 adjoining roads onto Higher Road, plus access to a primary school and nursery all within a short distance. The proposal would add yet another adjoining road.Whatever road improvements were made this could not alleviate this problem. The traffic volume from a doctors surgery,housing development plus the impending energy park which is a little further along the road, would generate significant additional problems. Just to accommodate a doctors surgery it would be wrong to create a dangerous enviroment. Surely safety must come first Pwig

1:34pm Wed 10 Oct 12

MartinB58 says...

I do wonder if there is any need for this much development OUTSIDE of the current developed Woolavington village boundaries. There is currently an unfinished development of 6 homes in Lower Road, 16 homes are being built on Higher Road, the proposal for 60 homes and a Doctors Surgery at Crockers Hill & the proposal for 120 homes off Sedgemoor Way and a Doctors Surgery.

Where is the justified need for 202 new homes in Woolavington with 180 of these homes proposed on greenfield sites expanding the overall size of the village by something like 15%? If this all goes ahead we will need a new primary school and I expect this would also have to destroy further greenfields.

At this rate it will not be many years before Woolavington joins up with Bawdrip to the south and Puriton to the west and then gets swallowed into a ‘greater’ Bridgwater as just another urban suburb.

In my opinion, a new surgery would be better located at the top of Woolavington Hill close to the site of the current one so people who walk to the current surgery will still be able to do the same with a new one.
I do wonder if there is any need for this much development OUTSIDE of the current developed Woolavington village boundaries. There is currently an unfinished development of 6 homes in Lower Road, 16 homes are being built on Higher Road, the proposal for 60 homes and a Doctors Surgery at Crockers Hill & the proposal for 120 homes off Sedgemoor Way and a Doctors Surgery. Where is the justified need for 202 new homes in Woolavington with 180 of these homes proposed on greenfield sites expanding the overall size of the village by something like 15%? If this all goes ahead we will need a new primary school and I expect this would also have to destroy further greenfields. At this rate it will not be many years before Woolavington joins up with Bawdrip to the south and Puriton to the west and then gets swallowed into a ‘greater’ Bridgwater as just another urban suburb. In my opinion, a new surgery would be better located at the top of Woolavington Hill close to the site of the current one so people who walk to the current surgery will still be able to do the same with a new one. MartinB58

2:15pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Tommo1888 says...

After having to move out of Woolavington recently due to the high level of anti social behaviour that already exists in certain parts of the village, I can only say that these developments would be an absolute disaster for the village. There is currently not enough of an infrastructure to support the current population - one pub, one village shop and a co-op....so the addition of a doctors surgery, albeit much needed, but with a pay off of 180 additional houses doesn't really make any sense to me!! More young people hanging around with nothing to do other than cause noise, trouble and distruption!! Think we got out just in time!!
After having to move out of Woolavington recently due to the high level of anti social behaviour that already exists in certain parts of the village, I can only say that these developments would be an absolute disaster for the village. There is currently not enough of an infrastructure to support the current population - one pub, one village shop and a co-op....so the addition of a doctors surgery, albeit much needed, but with a pay off of 180 additional houses doesn't really make any sense to me!! More young people hanging around with nothing to do other than cause noise, trouble and distruption!! Think we got out just in time!! Tommo1888

4:01pm Sun 14 Oct 12

Mastodon says...

Its a really stupid place to put a doctors surgery.
The proposal is a marraige of convenience between a doctors pratice keen to expand and a housing development that needs the surgery to validate its plans to build on fields outside the village boundary.
There are serious access and traffic issues here, not to mention the loss of green fields and rural character.
I hope SDC throw this one out.
Its a really stupid place to put a doctors surgery. The proposal is a marraige of convenience between a doctors pratice keen to expand and a housing development that needs the surgery to validate its plans to build on fields outside the village boundary. There are serious access and traffic issues here, not to mention the loss of green fields and rural character. I hope SDC throw this one out. Mastodon

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