Controversial new village surgery is approved


A controversial plan for a new health centre in a Leicestershire village has been approved - despite opposition from two local councillors and some local residents.

The new health centre in Kibworth Beauchamp will be built on Smeeton Road, opposite Kibworth High School.

The approved health centre is a scaled-down version of one that was refused planning permission in May last year.

Two local councillors - Cllr Phil King and Cllr Christopher Holyoak - argued against the scheme.

And local residents who spoke at this week’s Harborough District Council planning meeting were split on whether it should go ahead.

But senior partner at Kibworth Health Centre, Dr Nasimul Choudhury, said the number of patients at the existing surgery had increased from 6,000 to more than 9,000 since 1992.

And he reminded planners that NHS England had said in 2009 that new health facilities for Kibworth were the most serious priority in the county.

Kibworth resident and former councillor Sheila Leslie-Miller added that the new site was “within the village and very satisfactory”.