Former NHS Wiltshire clinic could become shops and homes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The site of the former family clinic in New Park Street, Devizes, has been sold to a private company The site of the former family clinic in New Park Street, Devizes, has been sold to a private company

Devizes town councillors are angry that NHS Wiltshire has sold off land earmarked to help ease parking in the town.

Councillors on the town council’s planning committee on Tuesday were asked to comment on the application to develop the former family clinic site in New Park Street for a mixed retail and residential development.

Although it was generally agreed the new scheme would get rid of an eyesore and improve the look of the street, Coun Ray Parsons was annoyed that the NHS had not acknowledged the Devizes town centre plan.

He said: “I want to object to this grossly inappropriate use of a valuable town centre site. The town centre plan includes the expanding of the visitors’ car park and the relocation of coach parking.

“It beggars belief that long-term town planning can be derailed by a government-owned organisation.”

Coun Paula Winchcombe sympathised with Coun Parsons’ sentiment but said that the land had been sold to a private company and it was not an NHS application.

Coun Margaret Taylor said: “I agree with Coun Parsons. I always expected the land would be sold to Wiltshire Council to achieve all the things he mentioned. Once the site is sold to a private firm there is not much we can do.”

Councillors voted not to object to the proposals, with only Coun Parsons against.

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10:44am Thu 27 Dec 12

mjhudston says...

So let me get this right. The town council are complaining because the NHS decided to sell its own surplace land to a private company rather than a Tax Payer funded one, and in doing so probably achieved the best price for the cash strapped NHS!
So let me get this right. The town council are complaining because the NHS decided to sell its own surplace land to a private company rather than a Tax Payer funded one, and in doing so probably achieved the best price for the cash strapped NHS! mjhudston
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11:01am Fri 28 Dec 12

G P Hume says...

mjhudston wrote:
So let me get this right. The town council are complaining because the NHS decided to sell its own surplace land to a private company rather than a Tax Payer funded one, and in doing so probably achieved the best price for the cash strapped NHS!
Bang on the money !!
[quote][p][bold]mjhudston[/bold] wrote: So let me get this right. The town council are complaining because the NHS decided to sell its own surplace land to a private company rather than a Tax Payer funded one, and in doing so probably achieved the best price for the cash strapped NHS![/p][/quote]Bang on the money !! G P Hume
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7:16pm Fri 28 Dec 12

wondering why says...

and if they had sold it to the Town Council at a "social" price they would have been criticised for not achieving best value.

We all know that it will be flats and small houses as no more retail can be justified at this time and the mention of retail is just a smoke screen to get the plans passed, they can then apply to cut out the shops.
and if they had sold it to the Town Council at a "social" price they would have been criticised for not achieving best value. We all know that it will be flats and small houses as no more retail can be justified at this time and the mention of retail is just a smoke screen to get the plans passed, they can then apply to cut out the shops. wondering why
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