New medical centre for town takes step forward

Initial planning permission has been granted for this largely disused builders' site in Church Street, Holbeach, to be turned into a medical centre and pharmcy.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Initial planning permission has been granted for this largely disused builders' site in Church Street, Holbeach, to be turned into a medical centre and pharmcy. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A new medical centre in Holbeach has moved a step closer after receiving initial support from councillors.

Outline plans for a two-storey surgery, pharmacy and parking for up to 80 vehicles in Church Street were agreed by 11 votes to one at a South Holland District Council planning meeting last Wednesday.

But concerns were raised about the location of the surgery just yards from the busy junction between Church Street, High Street, West End and Boston Road South.

Fleet district councillor Peter Coupland said: “I encourage the move to a single, modern medical centre for the people of Holbeach and surrounding villages, with doctors’ services under one roof.

“What I will also encourage is that the location of the new centre is the best possible one in terms of location, highway safety and the ability to accommodate expansion in the future.

“The site in Church Street is lacking in all of these aspects and therefore local councillors, doctors, and the NHS need to work together to ensure a new centre is built in the best possible location.”

Developers Abbey Power Generation Ltd of Stamford described the proposed Church Street Surgery as a “sustainable, long-term location for primary care”.