Herefordshire Council planners have approved a planning application for a new medical centre to be built in the City, which is set to transform the way people access GP services locally.
Worcester-based healthcare property developer Prime submitted the planning application of behalf of Hereford Medical Group on Friday 27 April. Council planners met on Thursday 27th September to discuss the application and approved plans for the centre, which has been designed by One Creative Environments Ltd (One).
The Hereford Medical Centre, to be located off Station Approach, will provide modern purpose-built premises for patients who currently access GP services at Greyfriars Surgery, Moorfield House Surgery, Aylestone Hill Surgery, King Street Surgery and Sarum House.
The scheme is part of a wider project by the Hereford Medical Group which has merged five city practices, with the aim of securing the sustainable delivery of primary care services in the community.
Plans for the centre were presented at community consultation events held in December 2017 and March 2018 in Hereford to ensure local support for the plans, and to allow local residents and patients to shape the final designs.
Bob Smaylen, Development Director at Prime Plc said: “We are delighted that the Council has approved our plans for the Hereford Medical Centre. It’s a much-needed facility for the area, which will significantly improve the experience of accessing GP services for many patients in the city. With planning permission secured, we can now set a date to start on site.”
With funding secured from the CCG and planning permission in place, construction of the Hereford Medical Centre can begin in the new year. The new facility is expected to open to patients in Spring 2020.