LARGER and more modern medical facilities could finally be on the way for Horndean.
Horndean Surgery is planning to relocate to a more modern building in London Road.
But to help pay for the move, it has submitted plans to demolish the existing surgery building in Blendworth Lane and construct a new two-and-a-half-storey building with seven flats.
The proposals, currently being considered by East Hampshire District Council, have been generally welcomed by residents, although there have been concerns raised about parking, overdevelopment and visual intrusion.
In a submission to the council, resident John Pink said: ‘The population of Horndean is growing, and will continue to grow rapidly so new premises are urgently required in order to accommodate the increase in the number of patients being cared for.’
Some villagers also say the development could potentially reduce traffic along Blendworth Lane.
At least 700 new homes are set to be built in Horndean in the coming years, increasing demand for facilities.
Alan Reynolds told the council: ‘This proposal is an enabler for the provision of a modern up to date health facility for the ever increasing population of Horndean.’
Derek Chard, chairman of Horndean Patient Participation Group, said: ‘I am under no illusion that if this planning application does not succeed then 40 percent of Horndean’s 13,000 residents, many elderly, will lose their first class local GP surgery.’
Another comment said: ‘We have lived in the area for 51 years and always gone to the doctors in the village – we need to keep the surgery in Horndean.’
Flint will be used in the design of the building so that it fits into the character of surrounding cottages.
Seven parking spaces would be provided.
A planning report by Simpson Hilder Associates Limited said: ‘The practice are aiming to move into a new, nearby premises in London Road with more modern facilities for patients and staff. The proposed development on the existing surgery site will be fundamental in making the relocation financially viable.
‘The redevelopment of the site will enable the GP practice...to move into to a new nearby medical facility that will meet the on-going needs of patients and staff in line with practice’s aspiration for the future.’