Plans to deliver expanded site for Hardwicke House Surgery in Sudbury targeted for summer
Plans for expanded GP provision in Sudbury are to be submitted this summer, according to Babergh District Council.
The authority has been working with clinical commissioning groups to find a bigger site for Hardwicke House Surgery.
A report presented to Babergh’s full council meeting last week said: “In March 2019, Babergh’s cabinet approved the sale of land in Sudbury for the development of a new health centre and public sector hub.
“It was hoped that conditional contracts would be exchanged by the end of the calendar year. However, this has been delayed due to other partners.
“The conditional sale contract, however, is progressing well with solicitors and a new timetable has been submitted by the developer.
“This will see an exchange of contracts by March, submission of a planning application in August and, subject to consent being granted, a start on site in early 2021, with the building being completed in the spring of 2022.”
A council spokeswoman added: “We are constantly looking at how to make the best use of our assets and resources to support the communities we serve.
“We know that existing medical practices in Sudbury would benefit by being able to expand into newer facilities in the heart of the town and we identified in our Vision for Prosperity document back in 2018 that an alternative site for Hardwicke House Surgery was ideally required.
“Since then, we have been exploring options about how to make this happen through the possible sale of council land.
“We hope to be in a position to announce further details later in the year.”
A spokesman for the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are at the very early stages of this project.
“The ambition is to achieve a new, more modern home for the town’s Hardwicke House GP practice that will enable it to meet the growing demand for primary care services, delivering services to the local community.
“A lot of work still needs to be done to achieve this ambition.”
More by this authorJason Noble, Local Democracy Reporter