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A NEW doctors’ surgery is set to come to Horndean.

The £1.1m new building will be part of the former Gales Brewery site development in Horndean town centre.

Residents have been calling for a new surgery to replace Horndean Surgery, in Blendworth Lane, for several years, but cost has been an issue.

Now a deal has been struck with developer Burton Homes, which is building 73 properties on the former brewery site.

The sale of the existing surgery is hoped to net £450,000 towards the new building, with the developers stumping up a further £675,000.

The deal means Burton Homes will now only have to include 13 affordable homes on the site, instead of the planned 24.

In his report to councillors, Chris Murray, head of planning services at the council, said: ‘During the extensive public consultation process prior to the submission of the planning application it became clear that the existing health facilities at the Blendworth Lane surgery are inadequate.

‘The GP practice, many of the patients and a significant element of the Horndean community regard the Gales site, which is central and accessible to the community, as an ideal opportunity for the provision of a new surgery.’

Residents have long argued that the current surgery is too small and a much bigger building is needed to cope with the growing population.

But the problem has been that neither the practice nor the Primary Care Trust can afford to pay for a new building.

As part of the deal East Hampshire District Council will lease the building to the GP practice over the next 20 years at an annual rent of £22,000.

No one from the surgery was available to comment.

The surgery plan is set to be debated by the council’s cabinet at 2.30pm on Thursday at, Penns Place, Petersfield.

As part of the deal Horndean Parish Council will also be given new premises in part of the town’s refurbished Nash Hall.