New medical centre to replace Eastergate surgery is planned

Plans to replace an Eastergate doctors’ surgery with a new build medical centre have been submitted to Arun District Council.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 5:33 pm

The new Croft Surgery would be on land next to the current site and feature 21 patient consulting rooms, five treatment rooms, a waiting entrance, reception area, interview room, administration areas, accessible toilets and a pharmacy retail unit in a two storey building with access onto Barnham Road.

A design and access statement submitted by Simpson Hilder Associates, an architectural and surveying practice, said aproval for a medical centre on the open site set to pasture was given in 2017.

The 27-year-old surgery is part of the Croft Practice, with three surgeries in total serving the Six Villages, all of which are outdated, the statement said.

The proposed new Croft Surgery in Eastergate

“The existing premises are in urgent need of clinical capacity and are no longer fit for purpose,” the statement said.

Projections were that patient numbers would reach 21,000 by 2017 due to new housing developments in the area of 6,000 homes.

The statement said the current practice was 57 per cent undersized, hd insufficient parking and had been using temporary buildings for admin and storage since 2002.

“The practice worked with Arun District Council to investigate other potential sites for a new build medical centre but concluded the land adjacent to the existing site remains the most suitable,” it said.

Landscaping would provide privacy and amenity for users and neighbouring properties.

To see the planning application and comment go to the Arun District Council planning portal and use the reference BN/62/21/PL.