Plan for new health park to replace Chippy surgeries

An artist's impression of the new health park proposed for Chipping Norton.
An artist's impression of the new health park proposed for Chipping Norton.

PLANS to dramatically improve medical facilities in Chipping Norton by merging two town centre surgeries in a new state-of-the- art health park have been submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council.

The 2,000-square-metre facility has been designed by Property Management Firm GVA and, if approved, it would see the relocation of the White House and West Street practices to a new site next to Chipping Norton Community Hospital in London Road, forming a dedicated health campus for the town.

Set over three floors the 
£3 million park is to include a pharmacy, 18 consulting rooms, 16 clinical rooms, patient parking for 64 vehicles, a bicycle park and an ambulance drop-off zone.

Chipping Norton Town Council will consider the plans on Monday but town mayor Martin Jarratt said the development would help to relieve parking problems at the existing surgeries.

“This has been on the cards for a long period of time but I think it’s going to be for the good in the end,” he said.

“Parking is so restricted, especially at the White House surgery, so it’s definitely the way forward.

“People from the far end of town will have further to travel as it’s not in the centre of town, but hopefully they will all work together to sort the buses out. We’ll have to see what the rest of the town council think about it on Monday.”

The application states the new building has been designed in a contemporary modern style but using colours and materials such as stone and timber cladding, which are in keeping with existing building styles in the town.

There will be a stately canopy and colonnade at the front entrance where patients can shelter and large contemporary windows reflecting the Georgian style of many in the town. Permission for the plans to be drawn up was granted after the NHS Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust Cluster approved a business case application earlier this year.

The White House and West Street surgeries currently serve more than 14,000 patients between them but both are increasingly cramped and short of space and are struggling to comply with modern access requirements and medical guidelines.

Dr David Edwards of White House Surgery and Dr Jane Pargeter of West Street Surgery issued a statement saying: “Both practices are delighted that we are able to take the next step towards our new development with the submission of this planning application.

“White House and West Street Surgeries currently operate out of different premises which do not suit the needs of today’s healthcare requirements.

“As such our proposed new building will be a fantastic resource for our patients and staff.”