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Plans for new health centre in Burntwood move forward

Plans to redevelop the site of a former residential care home in  Burntwood into a new health centre for local  families have moved a step closer.

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet will meet next week to discuss the proposals to breathe new life into the site of the former Greenwood House home.

If approved, and subject to planning permission and finalised NHS funding arrangements, the county council owned site would be used by the Darwin Practice as a health centre and the Council will be seeking a tenant to occupy the adjoining pharmacy.

Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, care and Wellbeing, said:

Improving health and wellbeing, supporting independence at all ages and providing a good quality of life are all key priorities for the county council.

This proposal, utilising a previously dormant plot of land to provide additional capacity for the local GP practice, means people in Burntwood can look forward to a new, state-of-the-art accessible practice that meets the needs of local people.”

Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial, said the proposals were subject to planning approval and funding being in place, the aim is to lease the site for 60 years.

Mark added:

We always want to make the best use of any land or buildings we have and this is a great example of working with partners to make the best use of a redundant site for the benefit of the local community.”

Cabinet will meet on Wednesday July 18 and any proposals will be subject to planning permission and final NHS business case.

More detailed plans will be shared with the local community as part of the planning process.