Plans in for former Sidford surgery to become homes
PUBLISHED: 14:55 09 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:22 09 March 2016
Terrace of six ‘affordable’ properties is proposed
Plans have been submitted to demolish the former Sidford doctor’s surgery and build six ‘affordable’ houses in its place.
The property was built at Sidford Cross around 25 years ago, but closed last year with the opening of the Beacon Medical Centre in Stowford Rise. The planning application says the building was made to a specific brief and, as it can no longer serve its purpose, it should make way for ‘much needed affordable housing’.
Previous plans to convert the premises into offices were withdrawn as the applicants determined it was not financially viable.
The new application proposes six two-bedroom terraced properties that would take cues of scale and aspect from neighbouring houses.
Access would be via the existing footpath off Sidford Road and via the existing car park off Church Street. The homes would benefit from the area’s ‘excellent’ transport links.
No car parking space has been allocated – on the assumption the residents will live and work in the Sid Valley – although there is a secure cycle parking facility to accommodate a minimum of one bike per dwelling.
The application also notes the site’s proximity to the 12 acres of employment land proposed between Sidford and Sidbury - and says the new homes would benefit from its ‘aims and objectives’.