Views on school plan needed

sp88530   Manor school old building Ashgate Rd.
sp88530 Manor school old building Ashgate Rd.

COMMENTS on controversial plans to demolish an old school and build a medical facility there must be in by next week.

Avondale Surgery’s bid is to develop the former Manor School, on Ashgate Road, Chesterfield, into a state-of-the-art community centre including GP surgery, pharmacy, nursery, third party office space, access, parking and landscaping.

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Now residents who have objected to the proposals because of fears around increased traffic and the appearance of the centre want to highlight that comments must be in by March 30.

Hayley Barnett, of Spring Bank Road, said: “We’re not objecting to the surgery, we think that’s great, but to the building design.

“We fear it’s to cause chaos for parking and traffic in the area.”

The medical facility wil have a treatment unit for people with long term conditions and be a teaching facility.

Chiefs have said hopes of using the current building could not be realised as it was unsuitable and did not meet health regulations. Avondale Surgery has 10,500 patients and operates out of two semi-detached houses in a residential area.

Surgery director and partner Kate Chiltern said: “We’re working very closely with Chesterfield Borough Council to find a solution for the development and achieve what’s best for the patients of Avondale

“But we are bound by Department of Health regulations saying what we can and can’t have and funding.”

To comment on the plan write to the group leader, development management, directorate of regeneration, Town Hall, Chesterfield or email planning@chesterfield.gov.uk.We’re workin