A DOCTOR leading proposals for a new medical centre in Bewdley has said the ambitious scheme is on track despite a slower than expected planning process.
The plans to build on a section of the town’s Dog Lane car park, continues to have public backing, after plans to move the centre to Wribbenhall were shelved.
Dr Matthew Davis, partner at Bewdley Medical Centre, confirmed plans for the proposed twostorey new building were progressing. The planning process is set to be completed this summer – with plans for work to start this autumn.
He explained: “Since our public meeting in December we have seen tremendous support from within Bewdley and the surrounding villages for the medical centre proposals.
That backing has made us more energised than ever to take the plans to the next stage.”
He said they were closer to achieving “the best plans possible for Bewdley”, adding a traffic and air pollution survey had to be carried out before plans are submitted.
“We have moved forward at a slower pace than expected,” he added.
If given the go-ahead, the new medical centre would include a pharmacy, consulting rooms and child facilities. Bewdley Library could also be housed in the new building.
Dr Davis said: “People in Bewdley are eager for us to keep the project moving as they see the benefits a new medical centre will bring to the local economy, and that with a growing population, it will stop services being moved elsewhere.
“It will give 21st century medical facilities which will allow us to provide new services, boost the local job market and importantly, give the people of Bewdley what they want – a new medical centre in the heart of the town.”
He added the medical practice would continue to communicate with the public. A new blog has been set up on its website bewdleymedicalcentre.
Once plans are available, a leaflet will be posted to homes and businesses detailing the proposals.