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New GP surgery and pharmacy in Sudbury formally granted planning permission



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A state-of-the-art health centre – intended to serve as the new primary hub for healthcare services in the Sudbury area – has been formally approved.

Babergh District Council awarded full planning permission last week to Hardwicke House Group Practice, giving the green light for work to begin on a new three-storey GP surgery and pharmacy in the town.

Planners agreed with the officer’s recommendation that the new facility would represent “an enhancement to the medical infrastructure”, and provide an “up-to-date medical centre which can address current and future population growth and changing needs of the community in the area”.

A CGI indicative image of what the new Sudbury GP surgery for the Hardwicke House Group Practice could look like. Picture: DGA Architects Ltd (53460604)
A CGI indicative image of what the new Sudbury GP surgery for the Hardwicke House Group Practice could look like. Picture: DGA Architects Ltd (53460604)

Situated at the former lorry park off Station Road, the 1,914-square-metre medical centre, which is being developed in conjunction with Apollo Capital Projects, will include both clinical spaces and training rooms, alongside an on-site pharmacy.

It will include its own car park, with more than 62 bays for patients and 22 spaces for staff, including disability parking provisions.

It will incorporate the patients and services from three existing Hardwicke House surgeries in Sudbury and Great Cornard, which the practice says have become outdated.

Stewart Fountain, practice business manager for the Hardwicke House Group, said: “We are pleased to have gained planning approval.

“We will keep our patients and partners informed as we continue to work on the progress of this project.”

The development has been hailed as a “very positive move” by the Hardwicke House and Siam Surgery Patient Partnership Group (PPG), which described the current surgery sites as no longer fit for purpose.