The planning application for Portsmouth Water HQ and what it means for the Bosmere Medical Centre

Portsmouth Water have submitted a planning application to build a new Headquarters office building on the land immediately behind and overlooking the Bosmere Medical Practice in Solent Road. Their long term intention is to demolish their old offices in West Street to enable the building of 135 new homes. To fund this ‘master plan’, the current planning application also proposes four industrial units on the land opposite the entrance to the medical centre.

Take a look at the following slideshow

The first picture shows an aerial view of the Bosmere Medical Centre as it is today, with the grass fields on the left hand side and the ponds to the top of the picture. The second image shows the proposed new office block and its car park behind the surgery, and four new industrial units on the left hand side. The important point to note is that the entrance to this new development would be the site road that you currently use to enter the medical centre.

The Bosmere Medical Centre Staff, the members of the Bosmere Patient Participation Group and Havant Civic Society are extremely concerned about the impact that this development would have, both on the safety of the patients and the working conditions of the GP, nursing and pharmacy staff.

We all know that the morning and evening surgery hours coincide with peak time traffic hours and many of you will have found that the Solent Road traffic often makes it difficult to arrive safely in time for your appointments, either on foot, in a private car or by taxi.

If the medical centre is forced to share the entrance road with staff visiting and working at both the Portsmouth Water HQ and the four new industrial units, we believe that the safety of their patients and staff will be put at risk.

Many of the daily visitors to the Bosmere Medical Centre and the Boots Pharmacy are elderly, infirm, unwell and consequently distracted. We believe that the safety of these patients and the staff who care for them should be of paramount importance in Havant Borough Council’s consideration of this planning application.

If you agree with us and wish to comment on this planning application, please do so by clicking on the image below

Note, when you fill in this form, you’ll be asked for your name and address, this is quite acceptable, the council needs to know that you are a resident of the Havant borough. You will also have two other questions to answer, the first of which you should answer as ‘Complainant’, and more importantly, the second you should select that your ‘Stance’ on the application is ‘Object’.

Your comments on this application are really important

Please try to enter them by Friday August 27th

This is not just for the benefit of the GPs and the staff,
but more importantly,
it’s for your own health and safety.