Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Comment ID 3359681/CSCD/10
Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 3: Spatial Policies Spatial Policies Background View all on this section
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Response Date 17 Feb 2010
In regards to the above public consultation, the North Bristol NHS Trust would like to take this opportunity to respond to the document. This response takes account of the interests of the Trust and namely a site identified as Orchard View which is situated at Ham Green, Pill.

The North Bristol NHS Trust provides hospital and community healthcare to residents within North Somerset, as well as Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Our aim is as follows:
" to provide the highest possible standards of healthcare, to be the specialist service of first choice for patients, both for local and tertiary services, and to provide the best possible patient journey, within the resources available."

As existing site owners, the Trust has an ongoing interest in the Orchard View Site and in October 2009, we secured on behalf of the Trust, a set of development principles to inform the marketing exercise for the site. These principles provided a degree of planning certainty for the scope of development which can be achieved at the site. Orchard View itself, is located at Ham Green approximately 1.5 miles from Junction 19 of the M5. As you are aware, Ham Green is a mixed use location with residential and office developments. Adjacent to Orchard View is Somerset Lodge, an established care home. For further details on the location of the site, please refer to the attached Site Location Plan.

Our primary concern in this instance is ensuring that the policy framework in place for Orchard View retains the options to redevelop the site for a range of uses including those within Use Classes C2, C2A, C3 B1, B2 and B8. We recognise that at this juncture there is a policy objection to redeveloping
the site for Use Class C3 (Residential) however the provision of residential units at this site may improve the viability for delivering employment and/or a healthcare facility.

In light of the above site specific interest, and in our wider role as a key provider of healthcare facilities within North Somerset, the Trust would like to make the following comments to the Consultation Draft of the Core Strategy.