Media release - issued 21 Nov 2017

New healthcare facility proposed for Farnborough

Rushmoor Borough Council, in partnership with North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is taking steps to acquire land in Southwood, Farnborough to help provide new healthcare facilities.

Members of the council's Cabinet agreed on Tuesday to negotiate to acquire the two-storey office building known as Voyager House at Apollo Rise in Southwood Business Park and if negotiations fail, to move to compulsory acquisition to bring forward an integrated health care centre to provide new health care facilities for people in the Farnborough area.

The CCG has been working with local people and partner organisations to identify the health and care needs of the area. A new Farnborough based health centre was proposed as the best option as it was highlighted that the current facilities are reaching capacity from growing demand, and a new centre will provide the opportunity to provide GP  and other health services in a new way, and help people to manage their own health more effectively.

Given that the land in Southwood Business Park was listed as a Key Employment Site in its Core Strategy (a document used to guide development), the CCG has already sought planning permission for a change of use and this was granted by its Development Management Committee on Wednesday 8 November.  The CCG will be engaging with local people and listening to their views to ensure that the services provided within the new centre, best meet the needs of the area.

Councillor Barbara Hurst, Cabinet Member for Health and Housing at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "Improving the health and wellbeing of our residents remains a major priority for the council and our residents have a right to access good quality health care facilities locally.

Councillor Hurst added: "By working in partnership with the CCG, we hope to bring forward a new facility that will increase the number of spaces for new patients.  Several GP surgeries in Farnborough have already reached capacity and with the local population projected to grow it is vital that new facilities are created as soon as possible."

Dr Peter Bibawy, Medical Director of the CCG, said, "This is an exciting, and much needed project for Farnborough. We now have the opportunity to work in a different way, providing the right care for people, at the right time and in a convenient location. We hope that the people of Farnborough will give us their views in how we can shape these facilities to make the most positive changes to local people's experience of health care."

As part of the proposals, the CCG has also explored other potential locations for an integrated health care centre and had originally hoped that it could be included as part of the redevelopment of Farnborough's Civic Quarter.  However, it was identified that the amount of land required would adversely affect the viability of the scheme and it would be at least three years before it could come forward.

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