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Housing developer to help fund new GP practice

A housing developer has announced proposals to build a GP surgery alongside 621 new homes in Nuneaton.

Taylor Wimpey has confirmed it will ‘work out the best way to facilitate the delivery of a GP surgery’ following submission of their planning application to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council in January 2020.

Warwickshire North CCG said ‘financial contributions’ and/or ‘provision of land for primary medical care’ is to be given to the CCG or their successor body from developers.

A Pulse investigation in 2018 revealed that a number of local authorities are failing to give GP surgeries a share of the infrastructure funding they receive from housing developers.

None of the 35 councils that responded to Pulse’s freedom of information request had spent a single penny of the £61.5m collected from housing developers via the community infrastructure levy on GP practices.

But according to Taylor Wimpey's proposals, its planned estate will include a range of bungalows, small homes, family houses and 25% affordable housing and will also feature a community hall and children’s play area.

A spokesperson for the CCG said: ‘NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group has an established process for responding to local plan consultations and planning applications. As part of this process the CCG set out indicative infrastructure requirements within the borough council’s local plan in 2017.

‘The CCG has been exploring options for the east of Nuneaton and will be engaging with the developers proposing the scheme at Golf Drive. A planning application for this scheme has not yet been submitted, but the CCG will respond to the application through the established process with Warwickshire County Council Public Health once this takes place.’

The site was allocated for housing development in the borough council’s local plan which aims to see up to 14,000 new homes built across Nuneaton and Bedford over the next 12 years.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesperson said: ‘We are currently preparing our proposals for the development of land north of Golf Drive in Nuneaton. We will work with the council throughout the planning process to agree the best way to facilitate the delivery of a GP surgery, along with other facilities for the benefit of the local community.’

Pulse previously reported how a GP practice in Wrexham declared it could no longer cope with the demand created by housing developments.

Alyn Family Doctors, which has a patient list of 12,700 and nine GP partners said it was overstretched, unable to cope and ‘any other developments in our area are unmanageable’.

Readers' comments (10)

  • And the GPs to staff the place? Will Taylor Wimpey knock them together too?

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  • We had that same promise. Schools as well. Been 5 years now but I'm sure they'll get round to it soon..

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  • Cobblers

    This is not news. I live in the East Midlands and keep an eye on planning applications in the area. It seems that infrastructure build (school, medical centre, community hall are usual) is a part of these applications from the start. Whether they get built or, if built, are then staffed and opened is a moot point.

    It's part of the game. The game that is the Planning Application. So many hurdles and hoops. It's a wonder that anything is done.

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  • David Banner

    Naturally it will be APMS, staffed with ruinously expensive locums, then close down in 2 years time as unprofitable.
    One day someone at the top will realise that GMS wasn’t so bad after all. Too late now, though, nobody with half a brain would touch a partnership with a barge pole.

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  • it should be that the doctors are in place before the building begins. no doctors, no building.

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  • they will build the houses then run away before done.The medical centre should be build before one sod of soil is cut for house foundations , but that will no happen.Lips service to make a profit .Bodge it and scarper?

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  • Maybe there will be a GP living in one of the houses

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  • This happens all over the country. A developer is obliged to build the infrastructure with a proposed housing development *over a certain size*. The last bit is very important. A developer will go on their merry way building houses and suddenly stop short of this threshold housing number, then feck off and do the same again elsewhere. Thus, lots of sizeable housing estates pop up all over the place...lots of houses and nothing else.

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  • A massive PFI that will leach the funds out of the local health economy for years to come.

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  • And then if it gets built and the GPs move in will they have to pay huge building “management” fees?

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