Nottingham Post article, Wednesday 15th June 2011
A NEW £2.5 million health centre for Arnold has moved a step closer to reality.
A planning application for the centre has been submitted to Gedling Borough Council, which is due to make a decision in the next two months.
Developers MedicX want permission to demolish the current centre, in High Street, and build a new two-storey, building with car park.
More than 120 visitors attended a public consultation meeting, at which proposals for the centre were unveiled, showing plans for 26 clinical rooms instead of the current 15.
Labour MP Vernon Coaker said he had been backing the new health centre "all the way".
He added: "The fact that a planning application has been submitted brings it one step closer to being realised.
"I hope the new centre will become a reality and Arnold Health Centre gets the quality of buildings to reflect the quality of care that people receive there."
MedicX said the development would provide a high- quality contemporary building to replace a "currently outdated, and not fit for purpose medical centre".
There would be an induction hearing loop at all reception counters, waiting areas and seminar room.
MedicX said it had worked closely with the council before submitting the planning application.
Philip Winstanley, head of property services for health authority NHS Nottinghamshire County, said: "We're delighted that the planning application for the new Arnold Health Centre has now been submitted.
"We have worked closely with Dr Gard and Partners, the GP practice, community staff and MedicX, the developer over the last few months to ensure that the plans are robust and meet the needs of staff and local people."
The development would be built in two phases over year.
In the first phase, part of the centre would be built on the current staff car park.
This building would be completed within about six months and contain around 14 clinical rooms.
After that, the current health centre would be demolished to make space for the second phase, which would also take about six months to complete.
The council hopes to make a decision by August 25.