Doctors’ surgery features in plans for retirement homes near Tesco

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 June 2018

The proposed site for the apartments.

The proposed site for the apartments.

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Clevedon councillors are ‘pleasantly surprised’ by plans to build a doctors’ surgery and retirement accommodation.

The proposed development near Tescos in Clevedon. Picture: McCarthy and StoneThe proposed development near Tescos in Clevedon. Picture: McCarthy and Stone

McCarthy and Stone would like to develop a retirement complex for people aged over 70 next to Tesco in Kenn Road.

The land is owned by the supermarket chain but the developers told a meeting of Clevedon town councillors it had worked with Tesco on a number of similar projects around the country.

The area is made up of vacant industrial units but they would be demolished to make way for the 62-apartment development.

McCarthy and Stone attended a meeting on Monday to discuss its plans for the area and to address any concerns had by members of the town council.

The proposed development near Tescos in Clevedon. Picture: McCarthy and StoneThe proposed development near Tescos in Clevedon. Picture: McCarthy and Stone

Graham Hill, who is chairman of the council’s planning committee, said is ‘pleasantly surprised’ by the plans.

He said: “McCarthy and Stone also spoke about having a doctors’ surgery in the office building at the east of the plot.

“It is going to be two storeys (tall) with about 20 members of staff, doctors, nurses with 60 car parking spaces for the surgery and that was a major sway for me.

“A doctors’ surgery is most definitely needed and it has been a want for the town for some time.”

Cllr Hill feels it is a good scheme for the area as it which would yield 14 ‘full-time equivalent’ jobs.

He added: “I would much rather see the land developed for affordable housing which has been a big bug-bear for us.

“We need the youngsters and the employment but this care home will make some employment opportunities for local people.”

Around 55 people attended an exhibition which was held by the developers to gauge public opinion on the proposed plans.

A spokesman for McCarthy and Stone said: “We have worked hard to ensure our proposals represent a sensitive redevelopment of a brownfield industrial site, which will complement the character of the local area.

“We believe this site is an ideal location to provide much-needed retirement accommodation in Clevedon, given it is within walking distance of shops and services, as well as continuing to provide employment use through the creation of a new high-quality business unit.”

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