Plans for derelict Wellington Medical Centre set to be thrown out

Somerset County Gazette: The site has stood empty since staff moved to the Mantle Street base in 2009. The site has stood empty since staff moved to the Mantle Street base in 2009.

AMBITIOUS plans to build retirement homes on an eyesore site in Wellington are expected to be turned down tonight (January 9).

McCarthy & Stone want to turn the old Bulford medical centre into 42 later living apartments, but council bosses say the site and surrounding South Street car park should be earmarked for retail use.

The application is set to be refused by Taunton Deane planners later for the second time in three months.

In November, planning officers said the developers needed to provide full contributions towards off-site affordable housing – something the firm says it has done.

A spokesman for McCarthy & Stone said: “Despite us now committing to the full financial contributions towards affordable housing, and leisure and recreation facilities, as requested by the officer, they’re maintaining their stance that the site should deliver further retail space.

“Despite the site being ring-fenced to deliver retail space since 2003, no viable development has yet been delivered.

“People will be well aware that the site currently exists as an eyesore in the heart of Wellington – unused and undeveloped.

“We’re obviously disheartened by this negative recommendation.”

The site has been abandoned since staff transferred to a £3.5million health centre in Mantle Street in 2009.

A report for the committee highlighted the importance of retail in Wellington, saying: “The loss of the allocated site to residential use would leave the local planning authority incapable of meeting the town’s predicted retail needs on sites that would preserve the vitality and viability of the town centre.”

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6:15pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Mi_Coc says...

Who in their right mind wants to retire to wellington. I feel sorry for them!
Who in their right mind wants to retire to wellington. I feel sorry for them! Mi_Coc
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6:46pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Old Phucker says...

Open your eyes, Planners, look at Wellington town centre, bucketloads of empty shops, failed businesses, vacant premises. What the devil is going to retail on this out-of-centre site?. Think about your senior citizens, the old ladies and gentlemen need somewhere decent to live, and McCarthy Stone try to provide it.
Open your eyes, Planners, look at Wellington town centre, bucketloads of empty shops, failed businesses, vacant premises. What the devil is going to retail on this out-of-centre site?. Think about your senior citizens, the old ladies and gentlemen need somewhere decent to live, and McCarthy Stone try to provide it. Old Phucker
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7:21pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Dr Dave says...

It isn't suitable for retail use, Wellington can only sustain a certain number of shops - and is struggling with what it has now! Later-living flats seem the ideal solution to me, TDBC planners seem to have their heads up their ****!
It isn't suitable for retail use, Wellington can only sustain a certain number of shops - and is struggling with what it has now! Later-living flats seem the ideal solution to me, TDBC planners seem to have their heads up their ****! Dr Dave
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