THE prospect of a new GP surgery in Mickleton sounds fine to villagers but they’re not happy about the proposed 70 new homes that might come with it.
Mickleton lost the use of its existing surgery in 2008 and locals have since travelled to Lower Quinton surgery instead.
However, if a planning application, submitted by Newland Homes gets the go-ahead from Cotswold District Council, then Mickleton could have its very own surgery serving the whole community once more.
But that appears to be the sticking point in the eyes of some villagers who are caught in two minds about what appears to be a generous offer that will ultimately have to serve a larger community anyway —if the 70 planned homes are approved.
“We know what’s on the table here,” said Mickleton Parish Council representative, Chris Moorecroft.
“The surgery is needed and I dare say some villagers, who have businesses close to or in the village, might welcome new homes as well, from a footfall point of view, but our very real concern—like many other villages—is the issue of land grabbing and the risk of turning this great village into a small town.”
It’s not a view shared by Newland Homes who say they consulted villagers and having listened carefully to their needs took on board their requests to have a new surgery built.
“The big story here is that we are bringing the GP surgery back to the village at the request of the local community.
“Having listened to everyone’s needs at a consultation event we hosted— which was well attended—we are pleased to confirm that an outline planning application has been submitted for a surgery and 70 new homes on land off Arbour Close and Cotswold Edge in Mickleton,” said Andrew Billings of Newland Homes
Mr Billings said the proposal had been revised and indeed reduced in scale with fewer houses and more green space and roads would be pedestrian friendly to encourage people to walk and cycle more.
Nevertheless, some locals remain sceptical and are frustrated that in the background, manipulative hands in central Government are trying to cram people, houses and jobs into one package and hope no-one notices because it can be passed off as, “localism in action.”
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