Kibworth health centre plans submitted for second time

Tim Sacks, chief operating officer of East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, met with community representatives in Kibworth this year to discuss the proposals
Tim Sacks, chief operating officer of East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, met with community representatives in Kibworth this year to discuss the proposals

Fresh plans for a new health centre in Kibworth which were rejected a year ago have been submitted a second time.

Matrix Medical’s scheme to replace the existing doctors’ facility in Smeeton Road was thrown out by Harborough District Council in May last year.

The firm appealed against the decision but a Government planning inspector backed the council’s decision to refuse the plans earlier this year, saying that the plans would cause “considerable harm to the character and appearance of the area”.

In the planning documents, the applicants say: “An extensive analysis of twenty-five separate alternative sites has been undertaken, which demonstrates that the application site is the most appropriate location for the required health centre and the only site that is deliverable.

“The new health centre will provide a greater number and range of services than the existing Kibworth Health Centre offers.

“The proposed building will offer a modern state of the art health care facility, in a welcoming single storey building with a low pitched roof.

“The new health centre will have a significant positive impact upon the local community by providing improved services within the community that will reduce dependency on secondary care facilities.

Earlier this year, Kibworth councillor Phil King said he and other community representatives had met with Tim Sacks, the chief operating officer of East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group.

He added: “The CCG listened to our concerns and we to theirs.

“We all agreed that we must work together positively to resolve how we can ensure the provision of ‘fit for the future’ health care facilities in Kibworth.”

The latest application is available to view at Harborough District Council’s website.

A decision is due before September 24.