Plans to be submitted for new housing and health centre development
Plans are being developed to transform land in West Hull, making way for new housing and health care facilities.
Members of the public are invited to two drop-in sessions this month to find out more about the proposals:
Tuesday, April 11th – 2pm-7pm - Calvert Health Centre, 110a, Calvert Lane, Hull, HU4 6BH
Thursday, April 13th – 2pm-7pm - Springhead Park Golf Club, Willerby Road, Hull, HU5 5JE
The grounds in Calvert Lane, which belong to the Hull Trinity House Charity, were previously partly used as playing fields but have been out of use for many years.
Now, the charity and estates solutions provider Citycare are working together on a coordinated approach to the development, which includes up to 200 houses, public green space and a new primary health care centre to accommodate Springhead Medical Practice, community services and a pharmacy.
While Hull City Council continues to develop a sustainable and long-term housing plan to meet anticipated housing needs for 2021 and beyond, the current Springhead Medical Practice premises are not fit for purpose.
Various site options for the health facility have been considered, with the Hull Trinity House grounds being the preferred option. A developer for the housing scheme is yet to be confirmed.
Dan Simmons, Development Manager at Citycare, said:
“A new building would give the practice modern, purpose-built premises to deliver a wider range of services within the community for the future.
“The centre will also include capacity for community services and a pharmacy, so patients can enjoy a range of health and care services under one roof.
“We have explored utilising the existing Calvert Health Centre. However, extension options are not viable and the current vacant space is already earmarked for other service relocations.
“Early work explored the Wymersley Park area as a potential location. But feedback gathered at the community consultation events told us that, due to the loss of green space, this would not be suitable.
“Our priority is to ensure patients are treated in the best possible environment for years to come.”
Phil Davis, Head of Primary Care at NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Sustainable and high quality primary care services are a priority and we have been working with General Practices in Hull to achieve these aims.
“Springhead Medical Centre is rated as an outstanding GP practice by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It provides services for 17,000 patients and the proposed new facility will meet and support its future growth needs.
“This will bring together community health services, social care and voluntary services together on a single site, alongside residential housing.”
The Springhead Medical Practice, which is now part of the Modality Partnership, currently operates from an converted terraced house and converted shop unit., Both buildings have poor accessibility for patients and a new development will provide more space for a wider range of health services in more modern surroundings.
Although the Wymersley Park area of West Hull was initially considered as a potential location for the centre, feedback deemed it unsuitable, particularly due to the loss of green space.
Further investigations identified alternative sites but the majority of these were discounted due to size, location or availability. The following sites were looked at in detail:
Springhead Golf Course area – Discounted following community feedback
Hull Trinity House Charity grounds – Preferred site
Spring Bank West Eco Park – Poor accessibility, public green space currently in use
Peter Pan Park/Pickering Park – Poor location, public green space currently in use
An outline planning application is being prepared for the houses and a two-storey health centre with a floor area of approximately 2,300sq m.
If it is given the go-ahead, services located within Springhead Medical Centre will relocate alongside community services and a retail pharmacy.
The proposal also includes forming a new vehicle entrance onto Calvert Lane and creating pedestrian and emergency access only onto Anlaby Road.
A traffic assessment is currently underway and those behind the plans continue to work with Hull City Council to develop appropriate traffic mitigation measures on Calvert Lane.
A flood risk assessment and surface water drainage strategy will also form part of the outline planning application, which is expected to be submitted in May.
Subject to outline planning approval, it is hoped detailed proposals of the housing layout and health centre design will be shared in late 2017.
Bill Tyson, Chair of Springhead Medical Centre Patient Participation Group (PPG), said: “The need for a new surgery is crucial and I hope people will come along to look at the proposals with an open mind.
“The more feedback we have from patients and residents will help us formulate what we are going to do. We need facilities in which we have clinically clean environments and we can’t stay where we are.”
Those who attend the drop-in sessions will be able to meet the team behind the plans, ask any questions and provide feedback on the proposals.
Comments or questions can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01482 974333 before April 21st and will be taken into account as part of the outline planning application.