New Hawkinge Health Centre development halted

Contributed by editor on Feb 12, 2009 - 05:00 AM

The building of a new health centre on the employment land off
Spitfire Way in Hawkinge will not now be going ahead.

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Drs Beaton and Stewart of the Hawkinge and Elham
Valley practice, which operates from Canterbury Road in the village, have
written to the parish council saying the development plans for new GP
premises at Spitfire Way will not be pursued.

The practice had previously caused controversy over  planning
applications to build a health centre and pharmacy in woods between Mill
Lane and The Street in Hawkinge.

Local residents were
critical of the site for the Centre and re-formed the Hawkinge Civic
Society to fight the plans.

The first application was withdrawn in October 2005 but the second was
thrown out by district councillors after they supported the
recommendations of Shepway council officers in August 2006.

The practice have said in their letter to council Chairman David
Callahan that they would like to work closely with the parish council
'to explore further options'.

A meeting with the Chairman and Vice Chairman and representatives from
the practice has been arranged for 18 February.