Plans submitted for new NHS dental surgery in Derby

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Plans to convert a 5 bedroom home into an NHS dental surgery have divided the local community in Allestree, Derby.

Darren Bywater has submitted plans to Derby City Council to turn the home into a dental surgery; however, some people are objecting to the plans, citing parking and increased traffic flow as possible problems.

Mr Bywater is a partner at the Duffield Road Dental Care practice but claims that there is not enough space at the surgery. As a result of this, Mr Bywater wants to take his existing NHS patients to the new surgery, as well as some private patients.

The plans have been backed by Derby City NHS and 68 people have also signed a petition to support the plans; however, the application has also been criticised by some residents, as well as the doctor’s surgery opposite the potential site and Derbyshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust.

People are not against the opening of a new NHS dental surgery; however, they object to the location of the site, as the road is already busy and there is not enough parking for patients. Lesley Hutchinson, practice manager at Park Lane Surgery said that the site was not suitable although they supported the opening of new NHS dental practices in the area.

Local councillor Martin Repton has supported the plans claiming that it would be ‘short-sighted’ to refuse the application. The plans will be considered by the development control committee on Thursday.

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