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Legal action possible in Frenchay Hospital homes row

Residents of a village in Gloucestershire are considering legal action over planning permission granted for 500 homes on the site of Frenchay Hospital.

A number of locals made their concerns known about the proposals, which included that it would overcrowd the area, but a local committee voted it should be built as soon as possible, reports the Bristol Post.

One of the main issues in delaying permission would have been that the local NHS trust would have struggled to pay its loan arrears back and this could have led to staff cuts.

But Gerald Rosenberg, chairman of governors at Frenchay Primary School and anti-home activist, said: "If there is a financial hole in the plan, then they should not be using the planning process to dig themselves out."

Liberal Democrat councillor Pat Hockey disputes this and said everything was done to work with residents to ensure their voices were being heard during a consultation process.

Bosses at North Bristol NHS Trust believe the building of 500 homes will result in income of £29 million for local services.

By Francesca Witney