Council hopes surgery will be part of Bishop’s Waltham plans

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A DOCTORS’ surgery cannot be guaranteed now that Sainsbury’s has axed its planned Bishop’s Waltham store, according to Winchester’s council leader.

But Cllr Stephen Godfrey has said the authority would urge developers to consider including one in future plans for the site.

His comments come after Sainsbury’s announced that it would not be building a shop and surgery.

Cllr Godfrey said there had been ‘mixed feelings’ about the firm’s decision not to proceed but that Bishop’s Waltham will prosper regardless.

He added: ‘A surgery was acceptable in planning terms and is likely to remain so, but the council cannot require that it be part of an alternative proposal. Nevertheless, we hope anyone looking to develop the site will give consideration to this.’

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