Milman Road Health Centre has ambitions to extend its premises again in a planning application recently submitted to Reading Borough Council. The practice would like to build a two storey extension above their car park linking the building with 40 Milman Road.
Local residents have only just recovered from the disruption caused by the building of single storey front and side extensions to the surgeries, which many opposed.
In documents submitted with the planning application, NHS England and the South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) say they support the expansion. South Reading CCG say that the health centre will be one of three hubs in the area. Their supporting statement goes on to state:
Milman Road Health Centre is the lead practice for one of these hubs, ‘Whitley’, which also serves the most deprived areas in Reading. Dr Rabinder Mittal is also the clinical chair of the alliance [of 16 GP practices in the CCG] and is a key driver of this initiative.
Milman Road Health Centre recently amalgamated with Milman Road Surgery on the ground floor of the building. The developer’s planning statement says that the extension is required to deliver more comprehensive services to the existing 14,804 patients but does not rule out future increase in patient numbers, saying:
if new developments for residential accommodation are approved within the catchment area with no provision for GP services, then these people will need to have access to primary care facilities in the area.
The CCG letter states that the housing developments in Green Park will impact the health centre.
Comments on the application may be made online using the planning website.
- Planning application 170648
- Health Centre works to last until middle of August
- Dr Kumar’s Milman Road surgery merges with Dr Mittal’s
- NHS England
- South Reading CCG
- Reading Borough Council planning website
- Milman Road Health Centre