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Plans for New Shifnal Medical Centre Gains Momentum Posted On 10 September 2021

A proposal for a new medical practice in Shifnal has now formally been submitted to Shropshire Council

 

The plans originated in 2019, in order to replace the cramped premises of the current centre, located on Shrewsbury Road, and titled ‘Shifnal and Priorslee Medical Practice’. As well as the cramped conditions, other reasons for the need for a new practice appear to be poor disabled access.

It was originally hoped that the newly named ‘The Shifnal Surgery’ would be open in the early part of 2021. However, due to delays, there is now fresh optimism that the construction of the new site, on Haughton Road, will begin this year.

Speaking in February David Evans, who was joint accountable officer for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCGs, but has since left the role, shared this optimism, saying, ‘It is hoped we will be able to confirm the commencement of building work towards the end of 2021’.

This new chosen site was not decided until 2019 though, with potential other locations considered, such as a site of Halesfield Road, one on Aston Street, and as part of the Thomas Beddoes Court development off Wolverhampton Road.

And in these proposals, modern efficiency is clearly the order of the day. A statement submitted with the application suggested that electricity usage will be a beneficiary of the new centre. It read, ‘The building is an all electric design with photo-voltaic cells covering the entire South Facing roof to Haughton Road. The intention is to provide as close as possible a building that will provide all of its own power requirement and when available will feed electricity back into The National Grid’.

As well as the environmental impact of the new centre, The Shifnal Surgery will hope to address the population increase in the area, with the statement also suggesting that a further 2000 new people will need to access the centre, in comparison to the current facilities.

To address this issue, there will be 50 parking spaces available for use by patients, including four accessible spaces, as well as eight additional clinical staff spaces.

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