Objections to 156 new homes on hospital site
PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 October 2015
Concerned residents living in Barrow Gurney claim plans to build 156 homes on the old hospital site are ‘outrageous’.
Members of Barrow Cottages Residents Group carried out a survey of the 20 households on the site in Wild Country Lane and every person they spoke to said they were against Crest Nicholson’s plans.
Group chairman Marie-France Riboulet said: “The residents have all received a letter from Remarkable Engagement on behalf of Crest Nicholson’s outline planning application for 156 houses on the former Barrow Gurney Hospital site.
“When I read this letter I was most shocked by the number. David Wilson is currently building 43 luxury homes, which would more than double our numbers. To propose 156 is outrageous.
“We spoke to everybody except for three homeowners and no-one so far is in favour of the housing development by Crest Nicholson.
“Everybody we spoke to is in favour of the care village. The grounds were very well maintained when it was used as a hospital. Since Del Piero’s acquisition there has been complete neglect of the park and land.”
English Care Villages had previously been given planning permission to turn the site into a retirement complex which villagers supported, but the company was unable to find the £12million needed to build the care village.
Residents have raised a number of objections to the housing development which they fear will affect their quality of life.
Mrs Riboulet added: “There are far too many houses and we are concerned about overstretched services. There are no primary school places in Long Ashton, children have to travel to Nailsea.
“The GP surgery is oversubscribed. There is a lack of infrastructure, we have no gas and no decent broadband.
“There is already congestion on Hospital Road as well as the local roads. One resident said they have to leap into the hedge several times to let daily commuters pass on Wild Country Lane.
“Concerns were also raised about heavy and speeding traffic along Hospital Road.”
People living in Barrow Cottages are also upset about the disturbance the building work is causing.
Mrs Riboulet said: “The front of our houses and windows have been smothered with dust since we moved in. Due to the dust and dirt residents need to wash their cars daily.
“People are worried about the access to the highway during the development phase and afterwards. The road structure is not going to be able to cope easily with the potential volume of traffic.”
Barrow Gurney Parish Council has also objected to the plans due to a lack of infrastructure and the strain the new homes would put on nearby villages.
People have until November 19 to comment on the proposals.
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