HOPES for a new medical centre in Broughton are sinking after confirmation the health board sees no need for extra capacity.
Community leaders in Broughton had hoped proposals for a new leisure park would mean an end to long waiting times for doctors’ appointments. But a building central to the proposals and designed to house GP services looks likely to remain empty if planning permission is granted.
On Boxing Day last year Development Securities submitted a planning application for land between Broughton Retail Park and Chester Road.
The company wants to build a pub, fast food outlets and a hotel on the site with a medical centre a key element of the revised scheme which had previously included a cinema complex.
Broughton community councillors, some of whom were disappointed when a medical centre was dropped from an earlier Bloor Homes development plan in Broughton Park, had pushed for a medical centre to be included in the Development Securities’ proposals.
But the existing doctors’ surgery in Broughton – The Marches – does not wish to relocate and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) has said there is no evidence a bigger practice is needed.
At a meeting of Broughton and Bretton Community Council, councillors were told BCUHB felt The Marches was capable of accommodating the extra 1,000 patients which would arise from the new housing developments.
But in response members said extra capacity would be needed in what was already a busy practice.
Seven months after the planning application was lodged, Flintshire planners have yet to make a decision on it, but Broughton and Bretton Community Council clerk Noel Barnes said it was expected Development Securities would pursue Flintshire Council for non-determination and submit a second application.
A spokesman for BCUHB said the health board would not wish to contradict any statement by the Marches practice, saying that they can cope with the extra patients.
“Their current list sizes are below the North Wales average and we are aware the practice is considering providing additional clinical space in the existing premises,” he said.
“It would be very difficult to establish a viable practice for only 1,000 patients and therefore absorption by an existing practice, provided they have adequate space and resource, is considered a sensible option.”