Vets put forward plan to build new surgery

September 02 2017
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A VETS practice hopes to build a new surgery at Cathedral Park, Wells, and create 12 jobs in the process.

Shepton Vets has submitted plans to Mendip District Council for a single-storey veterinary practice on land between office buildings used by the Aster Group and Old Mill accountants.

Having grown up in Wells, been a pupil at the Blue School and played football and golf in the city, Martin Law, a director at Shepton Vets, is looking forward to doing something for the community in return.

“I’m passionate about Wells and feel quite bonded to the area,” he said. “Having a vets practice in Wells has been a bit of an aspiration. There are several of us at the practice that have grown up here and been educated in Wells and Shepton and we are all really excited about providing a service, and doing our very best, for the people and pets of Wells.”

If it gets the go ahead, the new practice will provide eight full-time and four part-time jobs.

Shepton Vets had explored the possibility of moving into one of several existing buildings in Wells, including ones in High Street, Ash Lane, Hawkers Lane and Southover, but none were found to be suitable.

The proposed new building would be clad in pale grey panels with a dark grey metal roof. There would be space for 17 cars.

Martin said that the two vets practices that already operate in Wells, Westfield Vets in Westfield Road and Axe Valley Vets in St Cuthbert Street, had been informed of the plans, and that Shepton Vets was not trying to compete with them.

He said: “I want to keep a good working relationship with Axe Valley Vets and Westfield Vets. It’s not an aggressive, competitive move. We’ve done some research and there is an opportunity there, especially with the growth in the area.”

Cathedral Park is being developed by Tincknell Property. In a letter supporting the application, Diana Tincknell, director of Tincknell Property, said: “It is the perfect opportunity for a local company to expand in a new area and provide its services to the community of Wells.”

If approved, the practice will be built on what Bristol architects’ firm Angus Meek Architects say in their Design and Access Statement has become “leftover space” at Cathedral Park “following an unsuccessful attempt to secure expansion of parking facilities to service the constructed offices. As such its development is seen as a benefit to supplement the anticipated employment development of this half of the site.”

Martin hopes that if all goes smoothly, the new practice will be completed by next summer.