Questions over Thornbury Hospital site after more homes set for Frenchay

January 26 2018

CONCERNS have been raised that land at Thornbury Hospital could go to developers after a row erupted over the use of the Frenchay Hospital site for more housing.

CONCERNS have been raised that land at Thornbury Hospital could go to developers after a row erupted over the use of the Frenchay Hospital site for more housing.

There have been long standing assurances that both Thornbury and Frenchay will get community health and care facilities - Frenchay’s in light of the decision to centralise acute hospital services at Southmead.

But those pledges are being questioned after it was revealed that some of the land at the former Frenchay Hospital site that had been earmarked for a community hospital could instead be used by house builder Redrow.

Health chiefs claim that not all the land originally set aside was now necessary for the project to go ahead and the surplus could be used for housing instead.

As the remainder of the hospital site is already allocated for house building, local people are worried for the whole community hospital project.

Meanwhile, Thornbury councillors are concerned about the future of the Thornbury Hospital site.  

Councillor Maggie Tyrell said: “We were told in November that the future requirements for health and care facilities at Frenchay and Thornbury were under review and that recommendations would be made by the spring.

“We know now that, by that time, North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) was already in talks with Redrow about developing housing across much of the Frenchay site.

“This planning application pre-judges the outcome of the review and raises the questions as to whether the Thornbury site will also be targeted for housing development.”

    Councillor Shirley Holloway, said: “I have asked representatives from NBT directly if they intend to turn the Thornbury Hospital site over to developers, as appears to be happening at Frenchay. 

“They assure me they have no such plans and that they remain committed to providing health and care facilities at both Frenchay and Thornbury.

“However, we remain concerned that, with the local NHS so strapped for cash, at least some of the Thornbury site may end up being turned over to developers.”