Dental surgery plan gets the green light in the face of local opposition.

Councillor Brian Pilcher.

Councillor Brian Pilcher.

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A CONTROVERSIAL plan to enlarge a dental surgery in Malvern Link was given the go-ahead by district council planners in the face of opposition from local residents.

The Richmond Dental Practice in Richmond Road applied to build a new floor above the existing one-storey building, to house storage and staff facilities.

But people living nearby objected, saying that the proposed enlargement of the building was out of keeping with the Malvern Link Conservation Area, and that it would lead to increased traffic in already-congested residential roads.

At Wednesday's meeting of Malvern Hills District Council's southern area development management committee, resident Rodney Hatfield, speaking on behalf of fellow residents, said: "The building's overall height, bulk and height will dominate the area. The design and materials won't do."

He said that Farley and Richmond Roads are "badly affected by chronic illegal parking" and described traffic at the junction as "dangerous".

However, the county council highways department, which was consulted, raised no objection, saying there was a car park within walking distance and the application would not generate extra traffic.

Link councillors Clive Smith, who said he was a patient at the clinic, and Mike Soley proposed and seconded a resolution to reject the application, but when put to the vote it was lost 7-10.

Cllr Brian Pilcher proposed approval, seconded by Cllr Roger Cousins. Cllr Pilcher, who also declared he was a patient at the clinic, said: "We can't stand still architecturally. This modern building will provide an interesting contrast in the Conservation Area."

Cllr Cousins said: "The existing building is certainly not attractive, and this new proposal is certainly a modern building, but when we remember the reason that the building is there and what it's doing, that overrides the architecture.

"It's an NHS practice, we need NHS practices and we need then to be near where people live."

The vote to approve the plan was passed 10-7.

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3:48pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Bemused++ says...

If we need more NHS access to dentists in this area. why are they all advertising for more?
Conservation seems to have been interpreted as putting a modern building next to the traditional ones so a contrast can be made!
If we need more NHS access to dentists in this area. why are they all advertising for more? Conservation seems to have been interpreted as putting a modern building next to the traditional ones so a contrast can be made! Bemused++
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4:05pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Bemused++ says...

Sorry, should read......why are they all advertising for more patients.
Sorry, should read......why are they all advertising for more patients. Bemused++
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10:41pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Hugh Wattmate says...

I guess they know when people are on the books they dont always show for appointments. Having a larger number than they could cater for if they did all show insured less loss of income?
I guess they know when people are on the books they dont always show for appointments. Having a larger number than they could cater for if they did all show insured less loss of income? Hugh Wattmate
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12:58am Mon 25 Aug 14

Rewired72 says...

And what did the building next to the Richmond road practice used to be...... it was the origins of the dentist building we see now......
And what did the building next to the Richmond road practice used to be...... it was the origins of the dentist building we see now...... Rewired72
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7:47am Mon 25 Aug 14

Bemused++ says...

The building next to it is now flats but still looks like the original Victorian house from the outside. The dental practice was built in its garden!
The building next to it is now flats but still looks like the original Victorian house from the outside. The dental practice was built in its garden! Bemused++
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