NHS concerns over Newmarket care home plans
Regional health officials said they feared a 63-bed care home proposed for Newmarket’s Fordham Road would put a strain on local GP practices already stretched to capacity.
The comments came as Forest Heath council planners discussed an application from Churchgate Newmarket Ltd to build the three-storey home on a 1.2 acre site previously occupied by a bungalow.
“The proposed development is likely to impact on the NHS funding programme for the delivery of primary healthcare provision within the area,” said a report from NHS England, which suggested a developer contribution of almost £10,000, towards the costs of the relocation of the town’s Oakfield surgery to the town’s hospital site.
Cllr Carol Lynch dismissed this as a ‘derisory amount’ and added: “I’m really sad this area is having all this influx of large developments. I imagine there is a great need but I don’t think its the right place for it.”
Jill Rodgers, who spoke at Wednesday’s planning meeting representing residents, said it was ‘over-development’ and homeowners around the site had put their homes up for sale because of the plans.
Councillors were also concerned that the 22 car parking spaces proposed would not be enough for the residents’ visitors and its 55 staff. “I’m concerned about the car parking and I want the county council to come back and explain why they think there’s enough,” said Cllr Roger Dicker.
Bernard Spears, on behalf of the applicant, said there were no objections from Suffolk Highways and the facility would help free up housing stock.
Newmarket Town Council had objected to the plan with councillors concerned about the scale of the building, parking and the impact on services.