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Healthcare centre for former Little Sisters site in Fulwood due for approval

Posted on - 5th July, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, College, Fulwood, Preston News, Sharoe Green
The site in Garstang Road, the healthcare centre would stand next door to the current care home Pic: Blog Preston
The site in Garstang Road, the healthcare centre would stand next door to the current care home Pic: Blog Preston

A new healthcare centre looks set for approval despite objections.

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The three-storey mega doctors surgery is planned for land on the site of the former Little Sisters of the Poor care home in Garstang Road, Fulwood.

Now operated as Springfield Manor Gardens an unused building, Springfield House, on the site has already been demolished ahead of the proposal to build the new health centre.

HBS Group tabled the healthcare centre in October last year.

It would see more than 25,000 patients registered for the surgery which would combine the current Lytgham Road, Mediacom, Beech Drive, Moor Park and Drs Robb and Robb surgeries.

The healthcare centre would include a dentists, pharmacy, opticians, cafe and an external courtyard.

Read more: Watch how new healthcare centre for Fulwood is due to look

The new healthcare centre proposed just off Garstang Road
The new healthcare centre proposed just off Garstang Road

21 letters of objection have been received about the plans.

There are concerns about the level of traffic to and from the site, and there not being enough of a buffer to properties in Hall Road which will be overlooked.

Lancashire County Council’s highways department have not objected to the scheme.

United Utiities have raised concerns about the rates of discharge in the flood risk assessment for the site.

Planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval.

They write: “Statutory consultee comments and representations have
been received, which have been carefully considered and taken into account.

“This development would be located on a site situated within the existing residential area, and the existing residential care facility on site would remain in use. The existing green infrastructure which forms part of the site is considered surplus to requirements and redevelopment of the site is considered acceptable.

“The proposed facility would support existing healthcare provision throughout the city, and would improve primary care access
and facilities. The site is situated in a sustainable location with good public transport links to the City Centre and surrounding areas. There would be no unacceptable detrimental impacts on visual amenity, heritage assets, residential amenity and traffic and highway safety. The ecological conditions, ground conditions and flood risk conditions of the site as
a result of the proposed development can be protected and managed by conditions. Furthermore the proposed development would be energy efficient.”

The plans are due to be heard by councillors at Preston City Council’s planning committee on Thursday 11 July.

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