The council is working in partnership with the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to develop health facilities to meet the needs of the Weston Villages development area, close to Junction 21 of the M5, where around 6,500 new homes and 10,000 new jobs will be created over the next 10 years.
Weston Villages includes two sites – Parklands Village on the former RAF Locking base and surrounding land and Haywood Village on the former Weston Airfield. The sites are part of the Junction 21 Enterprise Area where the council has placed a strong emphasis on the delivery of jobs and infrastructure alongside housing.
The joint project between the council and the CCG involves the council designing and building the surgery on land off Anson Road transferred from Homes England and developers St Modwen. The council will retain ownership of the building and lease it to a CCG nominated GP practice at a peppercorn rent.
Funding for the scheme will come from the CCG who have successfully secured a grant of over £3m from the NHS Estates and Technology Transformation Fund to support and improve GP services for patients in the Weston Villages area. The full grant will be made available once the business case for a healthcare facility at Parklands Village is approved by NHS England.
This funding will be supplemented by developer contributions of just over £1m secured by the council.
A further report is due to go to April’s Executive to approve the contract award for constructing the building. It will be built to BREEAM standards, the most widely used environmental assessment method, supporting the council’s commitment to tackling climate change.
Cllr Ash Cartman, the council’s executive member for finance and performance, said:
A high quality health facility and the new primary school currently being built at Parklands Village are positive incentives to bring new residents and attract new businesses to the area.
Dr Martin Jones, local GP and Medical Director at the CCG, added:
We are really pleased with how this project is progressing, and are delighted to now have a site location for the new healthcare centre at Parklands Village.
We are working closely with the council and are jointly developing a business case for the new centre, which will be submitted to NHS England for approval in March. If the plans are approved, this new healthcare centre will be a really exciting development for Weston, where improving and strengthening GP services is a high priority for the NHS locally.
The new and innovative way we are funding this project, with the council owning the building and charging a nominal rent, secures good value for the taxpayer as well as providing a much needed new healthcare facility for Weston’s growing population.
We look forward to announcing further developments in the coming months.