Plans to turn an empty office block in the Aztec West Business Park into a healthcare facility specialising in radiotherapy treatment have met opposition from the residents of nearby properties in Hempton Lane, who say they fear an increase in noise and pollution.
Objectors to the scheme have also sought assurances that they would not be at risk from radiation emanating from the proposed development.
The office block, at 300 Park Avenue, is currently unoccupied and undergoing internal alterations. Until recently, part of the building was used by the St John Ambulance organisation.
Information submitted with the planning application states that the facility will employ ten full-time staff, with an anticipated 5,250 patients visiting annually once the centre has become established in four years time.
South Gloucestershire Council has received eleven letters of objection from occupiers of neighbouring properties, plus a petition of objection signed by 35 residents.
The council’s Sites Inspection (West) Sub-Committee visited the site last Friday (21st June) and a report is expected to be brought before the next meeting of the full planning committee on Thursday 4th July.
Agents working for Spire Healthcare, the company behind the scheme, have indicated that they are prepared to accept a planning condition that requires an acoustic barrier to be installed at the rear of the site, in order to “prevent unacceptable noise impacts to adjoining residential properties”. They also say they are preapred to limit the facility’s hours of operation to 7am-9pm, seven days per week.
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