Plans submitted for new doctor’s surgery in Stevenage

An artist's impression of the planned Ridlins Medical Centre

An artist's impression of the planned Ridlins Medical Centre - Credit: Archant

A children’s playground and garages could be demolished to make way for a new doctor’s surgery.

Plans submitted to Stevenage Borough Council by Brackley Investments Ltd call for a new surgery to be built in place of eight garages, a playground and an area of open space in Ridlins End.

The surgery, referred to in the plans as the Ridlins Medical Centre, would replace the existing Shephall Way Surgery – where a separate application for one four-bedroom house and two three-bedroom houses has been submitted.

Brackley Investments Ltd has promised to provide money to build a new playground as part of the deal, should the plans be approved.

A document submitted alongside the surgery application reads: “The building itself has been designed to be functional and adaptable to enable the practice to provide more services at a modern purpose-built surgery. There will be a total of eight consulting rooms including a provision for two nurse consulting rooms. In addition there will be two treatment rooms and associated dirty and clean utility rooms.

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“The development will provide a more visually appealing site compared to the disused, poor quality play area, lock-up garages and playing field that the site currently consists of. The location of the development will provide new and improved facilities less than 250 metres from the existing surgery.

“It has been agreed that a contribution of £25,000 will be paid under a Section 106 agreement towards re-provision of children’s play facilities. This money will contribute towards providing a new, high quality playground that will adhere to the neighbourhood area equipped for play standards.”

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The consultation period for the plans runs until May 15 – to comment visit

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