Plans for new doctors' surgery at Buxted are approved
Plans to build a new doctors' surgery in Buxted have been approved by Wealden Council.
They include demolition of a former boys' club and relocation of a children's playground.
The existing doctors' surgery is at April Cottage in Church Road but the practising GP, who owns the premises, is due to retire in 2011 and sell the cottage. The remaining GPs will have to move out.
A report to Wealden Council's planning sub-committee, north, said the surgery's patient list had increased from 2,300 in 1990 to more than 7,000 today. New premises were needed to meet current needs and standards with provision for the future.
The primary care trust has supported proposals to build on land belonging to the Ionides Trust on the corner of Framfield Road and High Street.
In a letter to the council it said there was an ongoing initiative for more patients to be seen in local surgeries rather than in hospital.
Three more consulting rooms were needed in Buxted to meet this requirement and, as there was no local pharmacy, space was needed for a dispensary.
Also, the Buxted practice was a training practice and needed additional and larger rooms.
Planning documents indicated 14 people would be employed at the surgery, six of them GPs. There would be seven consulting rooms, including one for medical students and one for a nurse consultant.
Thirty-five parking spaces would serve the doctors' surgery, ten more would be provided for a future community hall and two for residents' parking.
The report before councillors said a potential site for a new community hall was shown to the south of the proposed surgery. A new access to the surgery would be shared by visitors to the hall.
It said: "The informal proposals are progressing at a slower pace than the surgery, but officers have been involved in informal discussions with the architect appointed by the Heart of Buxted Initiative group regarding the initial stages of the design and siting."
Here is a link to the full report considered by the planning sub-committee.
Plans for a new surgery on the Ionides Trust land were debated earlier this year. See: Village surgery site up for debate.
(Added to site Monday, August 30th, 2010)