Colchester City Council gives dental practice expansion plans the green light
Planning officers at Colchester City Council have given plans to expand a dental practice in the city the green light.
The committee has approved proposals to create extra treatment rooms at Great Horkesley Dental Studio amid growing concerns over access issues. The council heard of the problems facing local patients, with some resorting to extracting their own teeth because they couldn’t get a dental appointment.
Practice manager, Lynn Wright, confirmed that the practice would remain an NHS provider, which will come as a relief to patients.
Despite concerns about parking and increased traffic, the planning committee felt that the benefits of allowing the expansion project would outweigh the disadvantages for the local community. The council has previously rejected an application to change the use of the neighbouring terraced property on Keelers Way.
The practice currently has three treatment rooms. It has occupied a 3-bedroom end-terrace property since the 1980s. The expansion plans will make space for two further treatment rooms, which will enable the team to treat more patients.
Speaking about the application, Conservative councillor, Robert Davison, said that enhancing the facility and increasing capacity was more important than issues raised about parking and traffic on the street.
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