Woolpit Health Centre car park gets the green light - subject to conditions
A new 136 space car park has been given the green light - subject to conditions.
The application by Mid Suffolk District Council for the car park next to Woolpit Health Centre on land south of Old Stowmarket Road, was brought forward to ease parking for the Covid vaccination programme.
Land next to the health centre was given to the council by Barratt and David Wilson Homes as part of its S106 agreement to build 115 new homes in the village.
At a Mid Suffolk Development Control Committee on Thursday, outline planning permission was granted unanimously, subject to conditions.
It followed concerns from Woolpit Parish Council as to the full future use of the car park for the village, and also once the Covid pandemic has eased.
District Councillor Helen Geake who represents Elmswell and Woopit ward, and is also a Woolpit parish councillor, said: "The car park is generally supported by the parish council but there are concerns with regard to its use.
"There is need for the more parking at the health centre both for the covid vaccination programme in the 23 parishes it serves but it has also been agreed by all sides that it will be a public car park too.
"We feel that this is the right thing to do especially as public money is to be used to build it."
Councillors voted unanimously to approve the car park subject to the conditions that further discussions take place over its full use between the council, the surgery and the Woolpit Primary School, and also with regard to lighting management, and access.
It is hoped the car park can be used as a drop off point for school children and also for community use, out of surgery hours.
The new car park is being built in conjunction with the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Suffolk County Council, Woolpit Parish Council.
At present, Woolpit Health Centre has 66 car parking spaces, 30 of which are reserved for staff, leaving 36 for patients (including three disabled spaces).
Work on the first stage of the project, linking the land to the health centre’s existing car park, will begin shortly.
It is hoped the car park will be open by the summer.