Highcliffe dental practice set to expand if plans get the green light

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The owners of a dental practice in Highcliffe, Dorset, are hoping to expand.

Plans, which outline proposals to move into the first-floor flat above the existing surgery, have been submitted to Bournemouth City Council.

The flats above the surgery are owned by the practice. The premises originally comprised a GP surgery and a shop, which has a first-floor flat. When the owners bought the property, they opened a two-surgery dental practice.

In 2013, the practice expanded into the shop, creating two additional surgeries and staff facilities. The client base has continued to grow and the owner is now eager to extend further.

Treating more patients would not be possible without expanding and the plan is to change the use of the first-floor flat above the original shop and add a small extension to house a new reception area and entrance.

A statement accompanying the application suggests that the plans would provide dental care for an additional 1,000 patients at a time when local dental services are under intense pressure.

The surgery is currently booked weeks in advance, which is contributing to patients having to wait for treatment. Developing the practice would enable the team to increase capacity and speed up access to services for residents of around 875 homes in the area.

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