Published: March 6, 2009
£2.5m Berrow Medical Centre plans set to be approved?

A new £2.5million medical centre near Burnham-On-Sea looks set to win approval from district council planners next Tuesday (March 10th).

Plans for the proposed Berrow Health Centre, on land to the north of Brent Road, are set to be considered at a meeting in Bridgwater. exclusively reported in November how fresh plans for the centre had been resubmitted for consideration, eight months after the first set of proposals were withdrawn after concern that the building was out-of-keeping.

The new-look scheme, pictured here, includes two new NHS dentists and extra medical services to help relieve the pressure on Burnham's busy Love Lane health centre.

The plans have been recommended for approval by Sedgemoor's planning case officer, despite objections from some local residents and Somerset County Council's Highways department.

"The proposed development is located outside development limits, where it is remote from adequate services and facilities, and there is extremely limited access to public transport services. As such there will be an increase in the need for journeys to be made by private car, which is not sustainable and in conflict with advice given in our policies," said a county council spokesman.

But the application has won the backing of the town and parish council. The scheme is being funded by partners of Burnham Medical Centre, along with Somerset Primary Care Trust.


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