New GP surgery for Churchdown – update

Churchdown could be a step closer to having its own doctors’ surgery if a land deal is agreed to by Gloucester City Council tonight.

More than 1.7 acres of land off Parton Road, owned by Gloucester city and Cheltenham Borough Councils, could be sold off to build the new GP surgery.

It comes amid calls for more health facilities in the area, with the current surgery allegedly struggling to fulfill the needs of residents the area.

Ruth Warne, clerk of Churchdown Parish Council, said: “The council and the community in Churchdown are very much looking forward to having a new surgery being built in the area. We hope that all the matters which need to be resolved are decided as quickly as possible.

 “Our existing surgery is no longer big enough to fulfill the needs of the community.”

The undeveloped land, which is currently leased by Churchdown Community Association, would be sold to Brackley Developments to build the surgery.

If the land is sold, the proceeds would be split between the association and the two councils.

The city council’s cabinet will meet tonight to decide whether to approve the deal. But if the borough council and the association do not agree then the sale would not proceed.

Plans for a new surgery in Churchdown come as a £40million overhaul of Gloucestershire’s health facilities is being planned.

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group has a five-year plan to build new surgeries across the county in response to rising demand and a move towards providing more services across seven days.

Mark Walkingshaw, director of commissioning at Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We have already approved the development of a new surgery in Churchdown, and we welcome the recommendation by Gloucester City Council to sell the land where the new premises will be built.

“This is an important step in ensuring that Churchdown residents will receive GP services in modern healthcare facilities which support the provision of high quality care.”