Health centre homes bid angers residents

Councillor Coun Doug Green is lending his support to the campaign against development of land behind South Shore Health Centre.

Councillor Coun Doug Green is lending his support to the campaign against development of land behind South Shore Health Centre.

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Plans to build eight houses on part of a health centre site have come under fire from residents who say the land should be retained for parking.

NHS Property Services wants to build homes on land on Stony Hill Avenue which was formerly partially occupied by the South Shore Hospital.

The hospital has since been replaced by a Primary Care Centre, and the application, which is earmarked for approval, is for a surplus parcel of land on the site.

Objections have been received from seven residents as well as Squires Gate ward councillors Doug Green and Christian Cox.

Coun Green said: “Our main concerns are there is very little open space here and they are proposing to squeeze these units into a very small area. We will also lose the potential for overflow parking for the health centre, and we have complaints about people parking down Dune Avenue and blocking drives when it is very busy.”

Coun Cox said: “I feel the development is out of keeping.

“Also I have always believed and heard on the grapevine the site was meant to be reserved for possible future expansion of the health centre.”

A spokesman for NHS Property Services said: “The planning application is an early step as we seek to secure best value for this site which is in line with our responsibility to the taxpayer and the NHS.”