Orthodontic practice to open in vacant Rotherham shop

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A Rotherham retail unit that has been vacant for two years could soon have a new owner. Trinity House Orthodontics is hoping to move into the premises, which were formerly occupied by Bodycare. The unit is located next to the bus station in College Walk.

A planning statement, which has been submitted by Johnson Mowat on behalf of the Trinity House owners, suggests that there has been little interest from retailers and urged planning officers to consider alternative uses. The practice would encourage more people to visit College Walk and the location would enable easy access for patients, many of whom are teenagers benefiting from NHS orthodontic care. The proximity to the bus station and other transport links would enable teens to visit the orthodontist without missing out on classroom time. According to the statement, many patients currently have to travel outside of Rotherham to get the treatment they need.

As well as improving access for patients in need of orthodontic treatment, opening the practice would also create 6 new jobs.

The premises in question have now been empty for two years, and the team at Trinity House Orthodontics believes the surgery would be a valuable addition to the local area. The statement suggests that it is unlikely that other retailers will express an interest in the unit, and therefore, a new practice could revamp and reenergise the street. A decision is expected in the coming weeks.

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