Objections to new homes on Barrow Gurney Hospital site

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 October 2016

The derelict hospital site taken by Mike Davies in 2014.

The derelict hospital site taken by Mike Davies in 2014.


People living in Barrow Gurney are concerned about plans for 80 new homes which they say have no extra facilities or open space.

Developers Del Piero and Crest Nicholson have applied for permission to build on the site of the former Barrow Gurney Hospital, in Wild Country Lane.

The developers had wanted to build 156 houses on the land, but the number of properties has been reduced.

Marie-France Riboulet, chairman of The Barrow Cottage Residents’ Group (BCRG), said: “This is the third time I have commented on this application and still there are no facilities, open spaces or the creation of a healthy and safe, sustainable community proposed.

“Considering our growing aging population in North Somerset, a previously agreed care village for the site would be most suitable.

“This would provide the very much-needed sustainable community with local shops, a meeting place, a health clinic, a woodland education school and a community area for growing vegetables and flowers.

“The proposal is purely about building 80 homes. With the current 43 properties by David Wilson Homes, the site is fast becoming a commuter dormitory.

“What does this add to Barrow Gurney and Long Ashton? Traffic congestion at peak times, the schools are already over subscribed, where will the children go?”

The proposal is for 53 four-bedroom properties and 27 five-bedroom houses and the developer has said it will make a contribution to affordable off-site housing and services such as education and health facilities.

In a planning support statement, the developers say one advantage is ‘a comprehensive redevelopment of a derelict brownfield site which has suffered from neglect and stands derelict’.

The site was built in the 1930s and used as a psychiatric hospital until 2006. English Care Village was given permission to turn the site into a care community for people over the age of 65, but the plans fell through when the company was unable to find funding for the multi-million pound development.

Mrs Riboulet said: “To go from a mental hospital to a care village would be the most appropriate, not 80 houses with no infrastructure and no sustainable walking community.

“Let’s assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment and preventing urban sprawl, let’s keep the land permanently open.”

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