Bishop’s Waltham doctors surgery wants temporary buildings to solve space shortage

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Bishop's Waltham surgery Portakabin plan
Inset: Example building - Photo (c) Portakabin

Bishop’s Waltham’s doctors surgery wants to expand by installing two portable buildings in its car park.

It has applied for planning permission to site two new Portakabin’s which it says will help with “over capacity” that it currently faces.

Permission is being sought for the buildings, which will provide four consultation rooms and a small waiting area, for up to five years.

In the application, the surgery says the new buildings will “provide immediate relief to the surgery who aim to improve the health, well-being and lives of those they care for.

“This expansion will allow the surgery, which is already over capacity due to ongoing development in the local area, to continue to operate at full safely. The temporary accommodation will ease pressure and provide additional space to allow the practice to continue to provide services to its patients, with the Portakabin building being used as additional consultation space.”

It added: “This scheme will allow the clinic to reinstate staff who have had to work remotely. It will enable more space for staff, resulting in more face-to-face consultation space for their patients.

“The cabins are a temporary solution. Due to the current restraints on the site and the growing population, the practice is considering options for a new, larger building on a different site.

“The proposed location offers the best free, utilisable space as it offers all required services; power, network and surfacing.”

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