PROPOSED MEDICAL CENTRE AND HOUSING
LAND AT SMALLWAY, CONGRESBURY
Mendip Vale Medical Practice, Octavia Homes and Boklok have teamed up to progress a planning application for a landscape led mixed-use development including a new Medical Centre, to accommodate the expansion of the practices / cope with demand in Yatton and Congresbury.
There was a previous proposal for a new Medical Centre on land opposite this site but unfortunately due to a significant gap in funding the scheme was deemed undeliverable. As part of this development we are proposing approximately 60 residential dwellings which will provide the gap funding required and enable the Medical Centre to be delivered. The land is located in an ideal location for a new combined Medical Centre, to the north of Cadbury Garden Centre, between the villages of Congresbury and Yatton.
Who are Mendip Vale?
Mendip Vale medical group look after patients across North Somerset and Bristol. Having recently merged with Monks Park Surgery in Bristol, they now serve well over 50,000 patients.
Their aim is to ensure that safe and effective healthcare services continue to be delivered by Mendip Vale Medical Group both now and in the future.
Who are Boklok?
BoKlok is a home ownership concept, developed by Skanska and IKEA, to make it possible for people on average incomes to own a sustainable, good quality home and to create vibrant new communities. The Smallway site will be the first new BoKlok community within North Somerset.
Who are Octavia Homes?
Octavia Homes is a new entrant to the house building market and is set out to build a reputation for developing innovative quality homes for all age ranges with a focus on enabling communities to flourish. Their passion for housing drives their ethos of building great homes for the future.
CONSTRAINTS & OPPORTUNITIES
The site is an irregular shaped open ﬁeld of around 6 acres (2.4 hectares). The land slopes gently from the northern boundary down to the southwest corner of the site. The overall level difference is presumed to be around 6m.
The site is located at the foot of Cadbury Hill, between the villages of Congresbury and Yatton. The site is bounded by The Smallway (B3133) to the west, with an existing gated access leading directly into the application sie.
The vision has evolved from an understanding of the site’s characteristics and pertinent factors that would influence development proposals.
Development of the site would comprise a Medical Centre (including pharmacy) and approximately 60 residential dwellings.
PROPOSED MEDICAL CENTRE
The proposed development includes provision of a new two storey Medical Centre, managed by Mendip Vale Medical Practice, to replace the two out-dated surgery buildings in Congresbury and Yatton.
The current Practices cater for circa 12,500 patients, split circa one third / two thirds between Congresbury and Yatton respectively. The patient list size is expected to increase to circa 15,000 and therefore expansion and modernisation of the services are required.
ACCESS & MOVEMENT
Vehicular access to the site will be from Smallway where there is an established vehicular access.
Smallway at the site access is a two lane single carriageway that has street lighting. There is a footway on the opposite side of the road to the site. Adequate levels of visibility can be achieved along Smallway from the proposed new access. There will be a pedestrian/cycle connection on the site on to Wood Hill, where there is a continuous footway.
Delivery of a Medical Centre to accommodate current needs of the local population.
High quality homes which comprise of sustainable materials, waste reduction, water reduction and carbon savings due to modern methods of construction and BoKlok ethos of aligning with the UN sustainable development goals.
Truly affordable, this scheme will have 18 new affordable homes, targeted at key worker couples to live the dream of owning their own home.
Delivery of a mix of high quality new 2 and 3 bedroom homes built to BoKlok’s enhanced specification and sustainable design standards.
Continuation of the green interface along the Smallway with built form set back to emulate the existing street character.
Encouraging sustainable living by using air source heat pumps, electric only energy provision and enabling the option for electric vehicle (EV) charging.
Retention of green infrastructure along with new strategic and communal landscaping to soften views, support the community and assimilate the scheme into its setting.
Provision of efficient homes, saving the customer money on energy bills.
Drawing on BoKlok’s Swedish heritage to create light and airy, contemporary spaces.
Enhancing the landscape along the Smallway by providing tree planting to promote the strategic gap.
PLANNING APPLICATION &
Mendip Vale, BoKlok and Octavia Homes have already undertaken pre-application advice with North Somerset Council and have presented to both Congresbury and Yatton Parish Councils respectively. Following this and taking all comments on board we are now preparing a Full Planning application to submit to North Somerset Council.
Prior to submitting the planning application, we wish to engage with the community to understand local views and considerations that will positively assist in the formulation and finalising of our plans. We want local residents to be involved in the delivery of the much needed medical centre and the creation of a vibrant new BoKlok community and welcome your comments on the proposal.
A summary of the feedback received through this consultation will be provided in a Statement of Community Involvement, which will form part of our planning application to North Somerset Council.