Boklok and M7 Planning are delighted to show their revised proposals for Land at Smallway, Congresbury. A planning application has been submitted to North Somerset Council for a much needed, new Medical Centre as well as landscape led, mixed-use development comprising of 47 new two and three-bedroom homes to enable the Medical Centre to be built.

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About Us

Who are BoKlok?

BoKlok is an established and successful partnership between leading names Skanska and IKEA. BoKlok’s promise is to build beautifully designed, sustainable, high-quality homes at a competitive price, making home ownership readily accessible for the many people. With an impressive track record already, right across Sweden, Norway and Finland, BoKlok has delivered over 14,000 new homes.

In 2019, Boklok was launched in the UK. The Swedish word Boklok means ‘live smart’. BoKlok uses Modern Methods of Construction, such as factory built homes to deliver homes that have sustainability at their core. Through considered design and smart manufacturing processes, we can ensure that all our homes use less energy, significantly reduce carbon emissions and achieve less waste during construction. As the houses are built off-site in a factory there is reduced construction time on-site and far fewer deliveries. This means much less disruption for local residents and the local road network.

Who are M7 Planning?

M7 Planning is a residentially focused land promoter and professional investor in land and property in the South and South West.

Achieving planning permission is at the heart of what we do and we carefully manage each and every aspect of the process, providing a tailored approach for each site we take on. We are passionate about design, place making and optimising asset values and we believe that these things go hand in hand.

The Masterplan

BoKlok and M7 are committed to delivering a high quality, well designed, sustainable development in the attractive Somerset village of Congresbury.

Masterplan Summary:

The proposed masterplan includes the delivery of a new Medical Centre and 47 high quality homes, comprising of a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom homes built to BoKlok’s enhanced specification and sustainable design standards.

The proposed medical centre will be able to offer easy access to all. It replaces aging medical facilities in Yatton with a new, high quality, modern Medical Centre, which has 25% additional capacity for future patients, to serve existing and future residents of both Yatton and Congresbury. The Medical Centre uses stone and timber to blend into the surrounding setting.

An access will be created to join Smallway (B3133) via a new junction to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. The site is well connected to existing facilities and a large network of local Public Rights of Way and will include a pedestrian footpath to run north and south along Smallway, with access to public transport from both directions.

Landscape and ecology-led design scheme, which incorporates significant ecological enhancement measures including habitat creation, wildflower, hedgerow and tree planting and dark zones for bat corridors.

Key Benefits:

The Smallway Medical Centre application is a unique opportunity to secure a significant improvement to a vital local service, which would otherwise not be possible.

The proposals provide:

  • Individually designed, high-specification Medical Centre, ideally positioned to protect individual GP service for Yatton and Congresbury.
  • Planting.
  • A significant financial contribution towards the delivery of the Medical Centre of in excess of £2,000,000 including land.
  • Landscape and ecology-led design including 47 highly efficient, low running cost two and three-bedroom homes.
  • Ideal homes for first-time buyers and people on typical incomes.
  • Highly sustainable modern design and construction method, with benefits such as bike storage for residents, heat pumps and electric vehicle charging points.
  • Ecologically sensitive with dedicated bat flight routes, low lux lighting, protection of existing nature assets and a sustainable drainage scheme to achieve ‘biodiversity net gain’.
  • Integrated pedestrian routes opening up previously private land.
  • Provision of on-site children’s play space and walking routes.

New Medical Centre

The proposed Smallway Medical Centre has a floor area of approximately 12,000 ft2, accommodating both the existing need for a modern standard, with 25% additional capacity for future patients. The new Smallway Medical Centre will allow for much more effective treatment of existing and future Yatton and Congresbury residents, with a capacity for between 16,000 and 18,000 patients. This scheme provides a fantastic and genuinely achievable opportunity to significantly improve the healthcare facilities for local residents.

The Key facilities include:

  • 1,115 m2 (12,000 ft2) medical centre, Disability Discrimination Act (2005)
  • (DDA) compliant and BREEAM Excellent Rating
  • Parking for 63 cars (including 5 accessible parking spaces)
  • 10 covered spaces for cycles
  • 4 electric vehicle charging points
  • 19 examination/consultant rooms of 16 m2 (DDA compliant)
  • Treatment room
  • Pharmacy
  • Ground floor reception
  • Accessible lift
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The Site

The site is located in an ideal location for a new combined Medical Centre, to the north of Cadbury Garden Centre, between the villages of Congresbury and Yatton.

The site is bounded by The Smallway (B3133) to the west, with an existing gated access leading directly into the application site. Wood Hill is located to the North which serves a small number of residential dwellings. Immediately to the south is a small trading estate comprising a mix of independent businesses, with Cadbury Garden Centre beyond.

Sustainability

BoKlok’s objective is to deliver a sensitive, landscape-led scheme with many benefits to current and future residents.

BoKlok’s homes are completed off-site in a safe and dry factory environment using a smart and industrialised process. This means that BoKlok can reduce waste and energy usage in the factory.

There is also a reduced construction impact as limited trade and construction traffic is required as dwellings arrive fully fitted. This reduces general construction traffic trips to the site, and with much quicker build out-rates in comparison to traditional build there is far less disruption for local residents.

The cost of heating and running a BoKlok home is reduced through a reduction in drafts, increased thermal performance of building elements and the inclusion of an air source heat pump. Air-source heat pumps are up to four times more efficient than gas boilers. Electric-only energy provision and providing EV charging will also support sustainable living.

A 55% saving of CO₂ will be made during the lifetime of a BoKlok home, compared to a traditionally built home. This is equivalent to living car-free for over 30 years.

A green framework for the whole site has been developed which retains as many of the existing landscape assets as practicable and reinforces this green structure by extensive new planting of native and semi-ornamental tree and shrub varieties.

Your Views

North Somerset Council is currently seeking the views of residents and stakeholders to feed into their public consultation process. Residents can leave their comments via North Somerset Council’s Planning Portal below by using the planning application number 22/P/1142/FUL.