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Secure Wiveliscombe rehabilitation hospital given green light
11:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a rehabilitation hospital on the outskirts of Wiveliscombe have been given the go-ahead.
Taunton Deane planners granted conditional approval to CMS Developments' application to build a 28-bedroom locked rehabilitation unit and a 28-bedroom low secure hospital for female patients.
The decision will also kick-start the development of an 11-acre business park on the east side of town, south of the B3227.
In June, town councillors objected to the proposals at an extraordinary meeting attended by more than 100 campaigners.
Prime concerns were over traffic, public safety, staffing and the lack of local jobs, with many feeling most of the 130 pledged by the developers will go to those living outside the town.
An application was originally lodged in 2011 but subsequently withdrawn.
Jason Aldred, director of CMS Developments, said he understands why people are concerned but allayed fears over public safety, insisting patients will be “vulnerable people not out to cause trouble.”
He also admitted that while not all jobs will go to people in Wiveliscombe, they will do their best to keep as many local as possible.
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