Planners want new GP surgery to look ‘more rural’ to fit villages’ countryside location

PUBLISHED: 07:38 06 August 2018 | UPDATED: 07:38 06 August 2018

An artist's impression of the new surgery. Picture: Mendip Vale Medical Practice

An artist's impression of the new surgery. Picture: Mendip Vale Medical Practice


The design of a proposed GP surgery is being tweaked in an effort to make it look ‘more rural’.

Mendip Vale Medical Practice is eager to replace its village surgeries in Congresbury and Yatton and build a larger centre off Smallway.

The plans have received a mixed reaction, with many villagers keen for greater health facilities, but people wary of building in the countryside and increasing traffic in the area.

The decision whether it should be built is in the hands of North Somerset Council. Both Yatton and Congresbury’s parish councils are unhappy with the plans as they stand, although are keen for a surgery to be built.

Councillor Jill Iles said North Somerset’s planning team has its own reservations too.

Addressing Yatton Parish Council last week, she said efforts needed to be made by Mendip Vale to make the building appear ‘more rural’.

She said: “It’s in the strategic gap (between Congresbury and Yatton) and needs to show it won’t harm the area.”

The proposed site is opposite Cadbury garden centre and Cllr Iles said planners have suggested 
re-siting the building within the 
same field.

David Clark, Mendip Vale’s practice manager, said it is looking at options at Smallway to satisfy both planners and the community.

He said: “We are continuing to work with the planners to get this much-needed facility for our patients.

“North Somerset Council has been incredibly helpful in advising us how to ensure any impact is kept to a minimum, while delivering a fit-for-purpose surgery.

“This surgery will have space to meet the demands from a growing population, and allow us to continue to serve our patients both now and in future.”

Mr Clark has previously told the Times the two village surgeries are ‘wholly inadequate’ in the long-term, with multiple housing developments in the pipeline.

The practice’s nurse Sue Fursdon is looking to start a voluntary group to support patients with coronary heart diseases, diabetes, asthma, being overweight, high blood pressure and more.

Anyone interested in meeting once every two months is asked to call 01934 839820 or email

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