New veterinary surgery for unused land in Barnwood Road
PLANS for a new veterinary surgery to be built on an unused site in Barnwood Road have been drawn up.
Developers Daniel Hurd Associates have submitted the proposals for a patch of scrubland next to the M&S petrol station and Gloucestershire Coroners Court.
Barnwood resident and chairman of the Barnwood Residents Association, Mike Groom, said: "We have a number of vets already in the Barnwood area so it is getting a bit crowded in terms of them.
"I am aware that there is a new Tesco store being built in the area and we already have the local shop along the road so I am pleased it is not another shop being put there.
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"Housing is more important than needing another veterinary surgery in the area in my opinion but I am not against the vets being there though."
The main concern of the development is that of access.
Being located near the busy Walls roundabout, vehicles driving in and out of the site are something that will need to be looked at closely, residents said.
Adequate turning and width for cars on the site is something that highways officials have noted in the application.
City councillor for Barnwood Tarren Randle said: "In its current state, the plot of land in question is not very attractive.
"It is a plot of land which could be used for something and I would welcome a veterinary surgery to be built there.
"It will be good for Barnwood to have a new business and it will also create jobs.
"The plans for an entrance and exits will need to be scrutinised as it is on a busy roundabout but, again, I would welcome a veterinary surgery there."
The proposals show a pitched- roof building with a mixture of brick and metal cladding and metal-clad roof.
The front portion of the building will, if planners at the city council give it the thumbs up, have a parapet to "increase presence to the front elevation", developers said.
However, in general terms, they added the building had been designed to be in keeping as much as possible with the neighbouring houses.
A design statement submitted with the plans said: "The completed development will respect the increasing commercial character of this area, yet still remain understated in its partially residential context.
"Accordingly it is contended that there are no reasons to prevent planning consent for this development being granted."