A councillor has issued his support for the expansion of a ‘crucial’ village surgery.
The Glebe Surgery in Storrington could be replaced by a new state-of-the-art medical centre after new proposals were unveiled by the practice last week.
The surgery has been working with Medical Centre Developments, Millwood Designer Homes and the Diocese of Chichester to create a new scheme which would see a new multi-million pound centre built along with 16-32 new homes.
The land for the potential development, south of the current surgery in Monastery Lane, has been provided by the Chichester Diocese.
The 25-year-old practice has been the only one in the village since Mill Stream Medical Centre closed in 2014.
According to figures released by the surgery it currently has 8,000 more patients registered than it was original designed for and is expecting that number to increase.
Philip Circus (Con, Chanctonbury) said the current surgery had coped well with the increase but the facilities were ‘inadequate’ to keep up with the demand.
He said: “I think the Glebe practice has done an excellent job in keeping up with the extra demand and I think it is a practice that really does have the needs of patients at heart.
“Clearly the existing facilities are inadequate in respect of the expansion that has taken place.
“We know the practice is absolutely crucial to addressing the needs of not just those in Storrington but in the Storrington area.”
Mr Circus said he could not comment on the application due to his role on the Horsham Development Control South Committee.
He added: “What I can say is that I fully understand the need for expansion and fully support the practice in moving forward to meet the challenges for future medical provision in Storrington and its environs.
“I would urge maximum community participation and involvement in the exhibitions which are being organised by the practice setting out the proposals in detail.”
Plans are expected to go on display at Ravenscroft Guide and Community Centre today, Thursday April 21.
The exhibition will be open from 2pm until 5pm with residents able to comment on the proposals. There will be another chance to see them at the centre on Saturday from 10am until 1pm.
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