Talks held over new GP surgery for Chickerell

Talks held over new GP surgery for Chickerell

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:03am 2nd June 2020.

Talks are being held about a GP surgery for Chickerell – possibly using a site on, or near, the Willowbed Hall field.

The news was given to Thursday’s meeting of the area planning committee which approved an application for seven homes on the site originally ear-marked for a surgery.

Developers C G Fry are expected to switch the contribution they would have made towards the surgery on the site to a new one, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Chickerell Town Council say a surgery is still needed in the area, although the Dorset clinical commissioning group had ruled the original site, off Putton Lane, as unsuitable for a health centre because it was not central enough and was difficult to access without needing to drive.

A dozen people had objected to using the site for housing claiming it would be an overdevelopment with concerns about road safety and parking and the loss of privacy for homes in Brown’s Crescent.

But highway officers told the committee that the site met all the criteria for safe parking and access and they were raising no objections.

Cllr Jean Dunseith May 28
Cllr Jean Dunseith

Local councillor Jean Dunseith told the meeting that despite their statement she, personally, had recently been involved in two near-miss accidents in the area, caused, she believed, because of the lack of adequate parking and poor sight lines.

She said she was ‘disappointed’ about the application because the site would have been a GP surgery for the area and warned that there might be accidents with additional traffic which would be generated by the seven new homes.

Cllr Nick Ireland May 28
Cllr Nick Ireland

Cllr Nick Ireland, proposing the scheme be accepted, said he hoped the developers would increase their contribution to a new surgery. He said the amount, which was not made public, was ‘insignificant’.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter