New health centre and up to 199 homes planned for west Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Jul 2017

Plans for a multi-million pound GP practice on playing fields in west Hull have been submitted along with up to 199 homes.

A previous proposal to build the same practice in Wymersley Park, next to Springhead Golf Course, were shelved after Hull City Council refused to sell the land.

Now estates developer Citycare has revealed artist’s impressions of how the new health centre could look as part of an outline application submitted to planners.

If the application is successful a detailed submission will be made at a later date.

An artist's impression of the new health centre

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The applicant wants to build the new health centre for Springhead Medical Centre and its 16,000 patients on land owned by Hull Trinity House Charity in Calvert Lane.

It is part of a larger development planned for the former playing fields, including the new surgery, community health services, a pharmacy and up to 200 homes.

In the design and access statement, the applicant says: “Springhead Practice is committed to providing a vital service to the community it is currently located within.

“The practice currently operates from an old converted terrace house and converted shop units which have poor accessibility for patients, not enough clinical space and fall short of modern day infection control standards.

“It is important that any future premises provide sufficient space and access for delivery of high quality primary care services to their patients.”

Citycare says the new centre is needed to provide better services for patients

The new facility would also provide extra services with the extra space available.

The applicant says: “Appropriate facilities are required in order to continue providing these services to modern healthcare standards, in addition the practice aims to provide a range of other services facilitated by the proposed new development including more space for midwifery support, additional sexual health services and additional GPs to meet the growing list.

“Patients will also benefit from a substantially improved physical environment, as well as enjoying accommodation that is fully accessible and also meets in full current-day infection control standards."

This map shows where the health centre would be

Citycare was forced to look again for different sites for Springhead last year after residents mounted a campaign against plans to move the practice from Willerby Road to Wymersley Park.

Consultation has since taken place on the latest proposals with events held at the Calvert Centre and Springhead Golf Course in April.

The applicant said: “This gave local residents and patients of the health centre a chance to view the outline proposals and comment on any aspect of the scheme. The event was very well attended, with in excess of 150 people coming to see the proposals.

“The proposal for a new medical centre was generally well received. However concerns arising from the consultation events included increased traffic volume, the environmental impact and increased flood risk.

“The concerns were in part addressed on the evening and will be further addressed by environmental, traffic and flood assessments and by future consultations with Hull City Council.”

There are also plans for 199 new homes

Citycare unveiled plans last summer for a new two-storey building, estimated to cost up to £8m, to replace Springhead Medical Centre, no longer considered fit for purpose and with a growing patient list.

But Citycare was forced to consider other locations after Hull City Council responded to “significant local opposition” by saying it was reluctant to sell any part of the park for the development.

Part of the grounds in Calvert Lane, which belong to the Hull Trinity House Charity, had been used as playing fields but have not been used for years.

The application will be considered by Hull City Council’s planning committee in September.

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