PLANNING APPLICATION WITHDRAWN FOR NEW GP SURGERY IN THE CENTRE OF SHREWSBURY
We are sorry to advise that due to Shropshire Council’s decision to withdraw their offer of selling the land on Raven Meadows for our new building, the planning application has been withdrawn. Whilst we are dismayed at this news, we are confident at finding an alternative site. The council have advised us that they have made this decision based on their wider strategic plans for Shrewsbury Town Centre and will endeavor to help RMP find a suitable plot for a new medical Centre.
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..... PRESS RELEASE 21 June 2017 - Planning application for new surgery premises submitted
Riverside Medical Practice is pleased to confirm a planning application has now been submitted that will bring a much-needed new medical centre to the Raven Meadows bus layover site in Shrewsbury. If approved, the state-of-the-art 15,000 sq ft, four-storey health hub will replace the GPs’ existing premises and provide a long term solution for its 10,000+ registered patients, boosting local services and improving access to primary care for Shrewsbury residents.
The planning application (reference: 17/02728/FUL) can be viewed online:
Plans will be on display in the GPs’ waiting area shortly and an Open Evening is
being held at the current premises between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday 13th July; all are very welcome to attend.
Riverside Medical Practice has been based at its existing premises since 1987 and its need for a new, larger facility was identified a number of years ago, due to matters such as the growing town centre population and limitations with its current premises. The proposed new facility is only 350 metres away from Riverside’s current location, to be constructed on land currently owned by Shropshire Council directly opposite the town’s bus station and multi-storey car park.
Following Shropshire CCG approval last year, the practice and its specialist developers Matrix Medical have been refining the plans and consulting with local interest groups such as Shrewsbury Civic Society, taking on board feedback to ensure the final submitted drawings reflect a bespoke solution for the site that allows patient care to be carried out in a first-class, positive working environment.
The new facility has been designed to be sensitive to its surroundings and to reflect the topography and shape of the site, sitting on stilts and with a central block intended to be an ‘NHS blue’ colour to ensure it is easily identifiable as a medical centre facility. The building will include provision for an on-site pharmacy, improved disabled access and space for further expansion of services in the longer term, containing ‘shell’ space and also being capable of further extension on the top floor. Riverside already works with a number of organisations, such as Sure Start, Age UK and many others to provide additional support to patients. The practice hopes to extend these services from the new building, allowing it to align closely with NHS policies and strategies that aim to allow a greater number of services to be provided in a local community setting.
Tracy Willocks, Practice Manager for Riverside Medical Practice, said: “We are so pleased to unveil these plans for a new development in the town centre of Shrewsbury and look forward to discussing them further with patients and local residents at our Open Evening on 13th July. Our patients and staff have waited for many years for this project to come to fruition and we are now at a really exciting stage where we can hopefully move forward and continue to deliver excellent patient care.
Our patients and staff have been working so hard for this and we are looking forward to getting to the point where construction can start, once we have the necessary planning approvals. We are grateful particularly to our Patient Participation Group and to Matrix Medical, who will be developing the new surgery, and to Shropshire CCG who have approved the funding required for this to become a reality.”
Dr Sarah Harwood, GP Partner at Riverside Medical Practice said: “We’re delighted to at last see the light at the end of the tunnel and look forward to the outcome of the planning application so we can concentrate on delivery of the facility. These new premises will secure the future of primary care in the town centre, with a building that will enable us to grow and develop our services for the decades ahead.”
Colin Pope, Chair of Riverside’s Patient Participation Group said: “The patients at Riverside were anxious that this was never going to happen, but our events such as ‘Hands Around the Surgery’ and the support of local elected politicians has kept the issue alive. This news is a key milestone for the project and the next step of an exciting journey for us all. We look forward to working with the doctors and staff at Riverside on this new building.”
Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “These proposals aim to provide patients with improved access to services in a modern, purpose built facility. We are committed to working with Riverside Medical Practice and its GPs to help patients get the best access to health advice. These plans offer patients greater flexibility and easier access to health care and appointments, and will also bring a number of health services under one roof.”
The planning application has been submitted by specialist medical centre developers Matrix Medical who have been successfully involved in the delivery of a number GP surgeries across Shropshire over the last decade. The plans include a number of sustainable, environmentally-friendly design features which will make it one of Matrix’s greenest, most energy-efficient buildings to date.