Drayton doctors’ surgery could expand after Church Farm construction

10:31 am April 25, 2022

A village medical practice can get welcome new space when land is transferred by a housing giant as part of a 267-home development.

Building work began on the Church Farm site near Hall Lane and School Road by Hopkins Homes in September last year and will include two, three and four bedroom homes.

Graham Everett, Chairman of Drayton Parish Council
– Credit: Dominic Gilbert

Graham Everett, chairman of Drayton Parish Council, said the plans were first presented around 2012 and the development would benefit the village.

A major benefit will be a land transfer to Drayton Medical Practice that could allow the health center to expand or provide additional parking for staff and patients, according to the president.

A spokesperson for NHS Norfolk and the Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said: ‘A business case for the expansion of the existing premises of Drayton Medical Practice is due to be submitted to GCC for approval in May 2022.

“If approved, the extension is expected to be operational in spring/summer 2024 and will allow the practice to accommodate an additional 4,000 patients in the region.”

Mr Everett said early concerns about flooding from surface water, runoff from fields, had been addressed with the infrastructure to be put in place by Hopkins Homes and footpaths, bike lanes and a playground for children would be built on the site.

He added: “We are happy with the development. It will be very good.

“The sidewalks will allow for plenty of walks. We are environmentally conscious and the sidewalks as well as the cycle lanes will encourage people to get out of the car.”

“There are a lot more people in the area and the medical practice covers a large catchment area and more space in the practice is essential.”

Other improvements will include upgrades to School Road bus shelters, a tree belt and 88 affordable homes.

The Church Farm development will be on the outskirts of the village which Mr Everett described as a beautiful community with an “old fashioned” atmosphere.

Monika Hanlon, Group Sales and Marketing Manager at Hopkins Homes, said: ‘The development offers plenty of green space and a children’s play area, making it an extremely vibrant place to live.’

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