Plan for replacement GP surgery in Burnham Market approved
The practice will be built at the junction of Joan Shorts Lane and Creake Road. Picture: Google Maps

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk’s planning committee yesterday approved plans to build a new medical centre with a dementia suite in Burnham Market.

The application has secured NHS funding. The proposals for the site also include an access road, a car park and a dementia/wellness garden.

The surgery will be built at the junction of Joan Shorts Lane and Creake Road, at the edge of Burnham Market.

The new medical centre will replace the existing practice located on Church Walk road. It is noted in the application that the Burnham Surgery had been wishing to relocate for over 10 years.

The Burnhams Surgery has a total weighted list size of almost 6000 patients who are treated in their surgery.

The two-storey building is proposed to be constructed of brick and render with a brown clay pantile roof and will be located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Medcentres PLC, who made the application on behalf of the Burnham Surgery, said:

“The existing building does not provide sufficient space of both the quality or layout required by the NHS to meet the needs of modern healthcare including infection control requirements and minimum room sizes.”

“The new surgery will provide a much larger building built to modern NHS standards. It is designed with future flexibility in mind and the site is sufficient to allow future expansion if needed.”

“A special feature of this project is that the new surgery will be owned by a Charitable Organisation set up specifically to own the medical centre and lease it to the practice. All income paid into the charity to be redistributed for the benefit of patients helping to safeguard the use of the building and healthcare services for many generations to come.”