Life breathed into plans for medical centre for Shipston

Plans for a new medical centre have been revealed.
Plans for a new medical centre have been revealed.

Plans for a potential new medical centre for Shipston are in the spotlight.

January’s edition of Shipston Medical Centre’s Patient News outlined how the centre had been given the opportunity to acquire land on a proposed new development off Shoulderway Lane.

The application for 98 homes has been submitted to Stratford District Council by David Wilson Homes and includes space for a new medical centre.

The centre outgrew its main building several years ago and bought a building on Donington Road to provide additional consulting rooms and services.

But it continues to struggle for space with parking also an issue.

A statement from the medical centre said: “Having considered various options, we believe a new site is the only solution to enable the practice to expand to continue providing a high level of service to a growing number of patients.

“Agents acting for David Wilson Homes recently approached us following their initial public consultation meeting.

“They have offered to include in their application a piece of land which would be sold to the medical centre at low cost.

“The site proposed is big enough to allow for a larger medical centre and associated parking.

“If Stratford District Council decides that additional housing development should be allowed in Shipston, we intend to notify the planning department that we support the David Wilson Homes proposal in principle, subject to the application including outline proposals for a new medical centre.”

But, it added, even if the development was given planning approval, there was no guarantee the centre would be able to secure funding from the NHS, but it would be in a stronger position.