Planners have granted conditional planning permission for a new primary care health centre in West Hull to accommodate the Springhead Medical Practice and a pharmacy.
The health facility will be developed through a Public Private Partnership (Local Improvement Finance Trust) led by Community Health Partnerships Ltd (CHP) and its local joint venture partner Citycare.
Springhead Medical Practice in Willerby Road has more than 16,000 patients and several ideas have been explored to create new facilities, housing GPs, community services and a pharmacy under one roof.
This £10 million investment by CHP, Citycare and NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) supports the ongoing transformation of primary care in West Hull to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community.
Planning permission was granted subject to a further condition that final design/ materials are agreed with the Planning Committee. Subject to this agreement, it is hoped to begin construction in the new year.
The aim of the new facility is to improve access to services for existing local patients and ensure sustainable, high quality primary care for the future. As well as GP surgeries, a range of community health services, social care and voluntary services may also be housed within the new facility, with the additional aim of taking the pressure off acute hospital services.
“We have been working to bring forward the development for a new primary care health centre to accommodate the Springhead Medical Practice (now part of the Modality Partnership) and a pharmacy for some time.
“The current Springhead Medical Practice premises are not fit for purpose. The positive decision means that we can now work with our partners in the NHS to bring forward a new facility which meets modern standards.
“We have taken time to engage with the community on several occasions, revising the plans at each stage, and during the determination period for the detailed planning application.
“We thank the committee and the planning authority for their consideration and decision, as well as statutory consultees and members of the public for their feedback, which has helped to shape the development proposals and will continue to do so during the discharge of the conditions.
“We fully appreciate the local community’s concerns and we will continue to work with the local authority and the community throughout the development and share further information to demonstrate how these concerns will be addressed during the following project stages.
“Following today’s positive decision, we will now work with NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Community Health Partnerships (CHP) to bring the project forward.”