Medical group to provide healthcare to The Vale if plans are approved
PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 April 2018
A medical group has agreed to provide healthcare to three new villages on the outskirts of North Somerset, if plans for the development are approved.
Taylor Wimpey wants to build 4,500 homes along with schools and a healthcare centre on greenbelt land between Long Ashton and Barrow Gurney.
The proposal, known as The Vale, has not been included in the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) as it is on greenbelt land and North Somerset Council believes it could lead to Bristol encroaching on the district.
Taylor Wimpey is urging North Somerset Council to consider the proposal as it believes it is the ‘most sustainable’ of all the sites being considered in the JSP.
Tyntesfield Medical Group, which runs GP centres in Long Ashton, Backwell and Nailsea, has agreed to provide healthcare services to the new community if plans for The Vale are granted.
Tyntesfield Medical Group’s executive manager Lawrie Lewis, said: “It is not our decision whether the proposed development goes ahead but, if it does, we want to ensure existing community based healthcare provision in North Somerset is enriched not threatened by such a development.
“The proposed new healthcare hub is excellent news for local residents, as it could provide all the key medical services in one place, in a brand new, purpose-designed facility.
“This integrated approach brings a wide range of services and expertise together in one locality, with significant benefits for patients.
“Subject to consent we have agreed to be present on site from the early stages of the development, providing local healthcare from the beginning.
“This will alleviate fear of additional strain being placed on existing services in Long Ashton, Backwell and Nailsea while enabling us to deliver a wider range of healthcare services close to North Somerset residents’ homes.
“Tyntesfield Medical Group is committed to providing local healthcare at the heart of the communities it serves.
“We are extremely pleased to have reached this agreement with Taylor Wimpey.
“The approach it is taking to put such an important healthcare facility at the heart of the proposed new development is welcomed.”
The facility would complement the existing centres, not replace them.
The hub could also include a pharmacy and complementary therapists, such as chiropractors, osteopaths and counsellors, who would practice alongside GPs, dentists and physiotherapists.
Taylor Wimpey’s project director Gareth Hawke said: “It’s great news for local people and new residents that such an established GP and medical group will run this important new healthcare facility – they have such a thorough understanding of the local healthcare needs.
“Healthcare should be one of the key priorities when planning significant new developments.”
More details of The Vale are available at www.thevale-northsomerset.co.uk