First sight of plans for new £3m Cromer surgery

An image showing what the planned new Cromer doctors surgery at Cabbell Park will look like. Picture

An image showing what the planned new Cromer doctors surgery at Cabbell Park will look like. Picture: MEDCENTRES - Credit: Archant

Details of a long-awaited new doctors surgery for Cromer are set to be unveiled for public feedback.

Cromer Group Practice existing surgery on Overstrand Road. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Cromer Group Practice existing surgery on Overstrand Road. Picture: Mark Bullimore

But the bid to move the Overstrand Road practice to part of the Cabbell Park football ground also hangs on another public consultation - over legal red tape affecting the use of the land.

The planned new £3m surgery will be double the size of the current one - with more consulting rooms and parking.

It has been drawn up by specialist developers Medcentres, whose project manager Mike Arnold said it would provide a modern, purpose-built facility for the 13,000 patients, who would enjoy an improved range of services.

A public consultation session to explain the plans will be held at Cromer Community Hall next Wednesday May 20 from 4.15 to 8.15.

The Cabbell Park football club, which is earmarked for the doctors surgery. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Cabbell Park football club, which is earmarked for the doctors surgery. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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Mr Arnold said: 'It is an opportunity to see the plans, learn about the project and its benefits for patients.'

The new two-storey complex, on the Mill Road end of the park, would have 18 consulting rooms, a health education suite, and pharmacy in the main building.

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The design would be brick but 'smart and contemporary' with white render and glazing to match the hospital opposite.

And the location opposite the Cromer and District Hospital provided a 'wonderful opportunity' for closer working.

Hospital parking on busy and congested Mill Road is already a concern among residents, but Mr Arnold said the surgery scheme had provision of 45 patients spaces on its site.

It was one of the areas where they were looking at for public views.

Practice business manager Tracy Neave said the improvements would also provide better patient confidentiality and infection control, and enhanced conditions for the 50-strong staff.

'It is a grand opportunity to provide the people of Cromer with what they need,' she added.

The current surgery was built in 1969 and has been extended three times.

The consultation is part of the process for major schemes before formal plans are submitted. There will also be a display at the surgery.

A move to the Cabbell Park site is however embroiled with the long-running saga about the use of the sports ground.

It is now owned by North Norfolk District Council, but a 1922 trust deed which stipulates the land is open space for public use.

A decision to remove the covenant involves considering any public objections.

District council leader Tom FitzPatrick said it would consult on the open space designation after the surgery had shared its proposals for a new medical centre.

He stressed the council was wholly supportive of keeping Cabbell Park ground as a sports facility for the foreseeable future through moving the pitch within the site after the season had ended.

The longer-term plan is to relocate the club to a purpose built edge of town site, and a series of locations are currently being explored.

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