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Walsall dentist expansion plans approved

By Gurdip Thandi | Aldridge | News | Published:

A Walsall dental surgery will finally be able to create new practice rooms after plans for an extension were given the go-ahead.

Priory Dental Practice

The Priory Dental Practice in Portland Road, Aldridge, will be able to create two new rooms after Walsall planners agreed to an application to extend the rear of the existing unit.

It’s a case of second time lucky for the dentists, as an original proposal for an extension to create three extra rooms along with additional car parking spaces was refused last year.

Officers said they had concerns with the proposed parking arrangements and the fact the expansion was not about just meeting local need.

But the amended plan – which features no changes to existing parking spaces – has been given the thumbs up by Walsall Council’s planning department.

The practice’s agents Harris Lamb said: “The planning application proposes a part single, part two storey rear extension to the rear of the dental surgery providing 58 square metres of additional floor space.

"The scheme would result in the dental surgery having a total commercial floorspace of 233 square metres.

"The extension comprises two new practice rooms which would utilise the

existing reception, equipment and facilities at the surgery. They are not stand-alone facilities that could function away from the existing dental practice.

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"We conclude that there are no sequentially preferable sites in Aldridge town centre. The site benefits from excellent access to the public transport links and parking facilities provided by the town centre.

"The additional consulting rooms would grow the existing business and the additional consulting rooms would not be viable if disaggregated from the existing practice.

"The proposal complies with the provisions of the development plan and planning permission should be granted."

Gurdip Thandi

By Gurdip Thandi
@Gurdo

Local Democracy Reporter covering Walsall.

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