Hope remains over health centre plans
PLANS for a new health centre in King’s Avenue will be considered by Ashford council next month despite being scrapped in October.
Bosses from NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent decided to give up on building the £14 million health centre at Kings Avenue over financial concerns. They said it did not offer “value for money”.
By continuing with the planning process it is hoped the door can be “left open” for future development.
Almost £1.5 million was spent on site surveys and the planning application before the plug was pulled.
Primary care trust bosses have said they tried to keep the project alive but found it would cause an annual shortfall of almost £800,000.
Ashford council planning committee members will decide on January 6 whether to give permission for a new health centre and 66 new homes.
A £60,000 playground would also have to be built if and when construction begins.
Work would have to begin within three years or planning permission would need to be granted again.
The application has been recommended for approval.