Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 - Modified on Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 6:59 pm
A public consultation event was held on Thursday 14th June regarding proposals for Brewood Doctors Surgery.
The consultation event was held at Brewood Methodist Church Hall and afforded an opportunity for the community to view the proposals and ask questions of the design team.
The planning application will be submitted to the council at the end of August and if anyone would like a reminder of what was on view, images are now available in our facebook gallery here – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.449639511722920.105624.294515007235372&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.449639511722920.105624.294515007235372&type=1
Keep checking back to Village Times for regular updates on any developments. Below is a review of the plans.
Overview of proposals –
The proposals are to construct a new 1385m2 (14,900 sq ft) Primary Care Centre for Brewood Medical Practice along with an ancillary Pharmacy and Dentist.
The existing Medical Centre building is no longer fit for purpose. It doesn’t comply with current NHS guidelines, it is overcrowded and has inadequate disabled access. In addition car parking provision is very poor. This causes problems for patients an restricts the services that the Practice can provide.
The new development will allow the Practice to relocate into new state of the art premises with a Pharmacy under the same roof, providing convenient dispensing of Prescriptions and minor illness advice for patients. There will also be a Dental Practice and additional clinical rooms which can be used by visiting health professionals such as an Optician, Chiropodist, Physiotherapist etc.
The concept is to bring primary care services all together under one roof to provide a convenient one-stop-shop for patients.
The new Primary Care Centre will be a 2 storey building. The ground floor will house the Medical Practice and adjoining Pharmacy. The first floor will accommodate the Dental Practice, Meeting Rooms and the Minor Surgery & Treatment Suite.
Adequate parking and Green Travel facilities will be provided on site. There will be a large Drop-off point and 4 Disabled Accessible parking bays close to the main entrance. To the rear there will be a further 31 patient parking spaces with a separate staff car park alongside. Covered parking will also be provided for cycles and mobility scooters.
There are two existing public footpaths running across the site, one along the eastern boundary and the other cutting across the front of the site by the bridge, forming part of a route regularly used by dog walkers.
The footpaths will be retained, allowing free and unhindered access. However, it is proposed that the route cutting across the site be slightly re-directed around the front on the new building to allow the Primary Care Centre to sit in a visible position from the road. This footpath will also be upgraded to form the main pedestrian access to the building.
The site proposed for the new Primary Care Centre is in the Green Belt, adjoining a Conservation Area. The design aims to be sensitive to the surroundings and in keeping with the rest of the village.
Of particular note is the Catholic Church on the opposite side of the road, which is a listed building designed by Pugin. Careful attention has been paid to how the new development relates to the church, to make the sure the two buildings sit comfortably across the road from each other and compliment each other’s architecture.
The floor area and NHS standards dictate that the building will be larger than the average 2 storey domestic properties in the area. Therefore, we have attempted to minimise its impact by treating different sections of the building in different ways and using landscaping to break up the mass of the building.
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