Plans unveiled for new medical centre in town to replace ‘run-down’, ‘unmaintained’ area

Architects' plans for a new medical centre in Church Street, Holbeach.
Architects' plans for a new medical centre in Church Street, Holbeach.
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A wish for a new medical centre in Holbeach could come true when plans for a two-storey surgery and pharmacy are decided on by council members.

Developers want to build a medical centre on land in Church Street that was a builders’ yard but is now a series of empty industrial buildings branded “run-down and unmaintained”.

A former builders' site in Holbeach could be turned into a new medical centre.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

A former builders' site in Holbeach could be turned into a new medical centre. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The plans went before South Holland District Council’s planning committee last night and, if approved, the new Church Street Surgery would have disabled facilities and parking for up to 80 vehicles on a site just outside the Holbeach Conservation area.

A statement from Stamford-based Abbey Power Generation, on behalf of the developers, said: “The whole yard area looks run down, unmaintained and does not contribute to the visual (attractiveness) of this area of Holbeach.

“It is proposed to construct a new medical centre and associated car parking on the site, with access for all people regardless of their ability or disability.

“It is also intended that the building would incorporate an element of expansion space in order to ensure that the facility remains a sustainable, long-term location for primary care.”

The idea of a new medical centre for Holbeach was one of the “strategic priorities” named in a community-led plan for the town drawn up in 2012 as a vision for the next 20 years.

A Plan for Holbeach was put together by a steering group of academics, businessmen, parish, district and county councillors, as well as members of the public.

An extract from the plan said: “It was the view of the steering group to campaign for improved healthcare and medical facilities in the area to meet both existing and future demands.”