Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Monday 21st April 1pm

SHOTFIELD HEALTH CENTRE PLANNING APPLICATION

Today I met with Jo Munden GP & the practice manager Andrew Morton to look at the final revised plans for the Shotfield rebuild. My ward colleagues Richard Bailey & Colin Hall also attended the meeting.

 

After the surprise refusal of the original application we have all worked with the practice to try to ensure that the revised plans will be acceptable both on planning grounds and, most importantly, supported by Wallington residents & patients of the practice. We encouraged the practice to display the plans so that residents could view the proposals and events were held so that feedback could be obtained. We also encouraged them to obtain evidence of public support which they have done in the form of a petition which has attracted thousands of signatures.

 

We are impressed by how the application has been amended to take into account the views of residents and we believe that the resulting plans have benefited considerably. The design is much improved, with better access for disabled visitors and detailed plans which will significantly improve the amenity value of Jubilee Gardens.

 

The consultation from residents was important because whilst everyone can agree that the building is in dire need of rebuilding and expansion, and of course patients will benefit from the extension of the practice facilities, the proposed building will be a storey higher and increased footprint. It is also located close to the prominent Library & Town Hall buildings and therefore needs to be sympathetic in style.

 

We could find no obvious reasons for objections to the building and confirmed that one of the ward councillors would be speaking in support of the application at the Development Control Committee on 30th April.

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May 14, 2008 - Posted by | Meeting

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