Anger over plans to convert former GP surgery to large HMOs

October 05 2019
Anger over plans to convert former GP surgery to large HMOs

The site of Northville Family Practice - which is closing amidst anger locally - could become two 7-bedroom HMOs, (homes of multiple occupancy) built by Filton-based firm Missiato.

The site of Northville Family Practice - which is closing amidst anger locally - could become two 7-bedroom HMOs, (homes of multiple occupancy) built by Filton-based firm Missiato.
The plans have led local residents to express concern that it will lead to parking and other issues, especially in 7th Avenue.
A planning application has been submitted to South Glos Council and in a statement by NSE Architects, they say: "The Missiato are known in Bristol for delivering high end properties and only look to invest into developments that create a high living standard.
"We believe that the Change of Use from a Doctors surgery to a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) should be considered for approval by the Council as follows:
• Will reduce the impact of trips in the local community
• Will reduce the amount of vehicle traffic in the community
• Will provide 14 high quality rooms attracting professionals
• Will provide for bike storage
• Will retain the use of dedicated off street parking
• Will not change the external façade of the extended surgery or the existing house.
• Will exceed the minimum area per room for an HMO.
A spokesman for Missiato said: "We wanted to recognise the concerns raised by the local residents. Unfortunately the circumstances surrounding the closure of the practice is something outside of our control.
"Missiato Design and Build is not a large corporate developer but a Filton based local company so we appreciate what a great and diverse community it is.
"At this stage Missiato Design and Build has been instructed to design and manage this project.
"We are more than happy to address any particular concerns as see this an opportunity to turn a negative set of circumstances into an opportunity to create affordable housing in this difficult climate for hard working professionals, like us, who will equally contribute to the community."
The GP was scheduled to close on September 30, leaving 5,000 patients having to register at other local GPs. The local NHS body behind the closures has said extra capacity will be created at other surgeries to cope with the increased demand.
Last month, local residents gathered outside Northville Family Practice to voice their anger at the decision.
Many elderly patients said moving to another surgery would involve very difficult transport arrangements, with just the Conygre Medical Centre now remaining in Filton. Other options are Monks Park and Horfield Medical Centre
The decision to close the surgery was made in June by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG). It left the patients needing to sign up with another surgery within three months, and sparked concerns about whether any practices nearby would have the room to take them.
The CCG said supporting patients to transfer to a neighbouring practice was the “best long-term solution”.
To view the plans, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/search-planning-applications/