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A former li­brary is set to be trans­formed into a GP surgery, with the pos­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing jobs.

Thorn­aby Li­brary, on West­bury Street in the town, will be turned into a GP prac­tice and will be part of Elm Tree Surgery, which al­ready has a build­ing on the street.

Plans for the de­vel­op­ment have been ap­proved sub­ject to con­di­tions by Stock­ton Coun­cil and work has al­ready be­gun on cre­at­ing the new sur- gery. The prac­tice cur­rently em­ploys five mem­bers of staff and a fur­ther seven em­ploy­ees could be hired once the new surgery opens – although it’s uncer­tain what roles will need to be filled.

The con­ver­sion of the former li­brary will also in­clude a mi­nor sur­gi­cal unit, a sin­gle storey ex­ten­sion and the in­stal­la­tion of two win­dows and ex­ter­nal al­ter­ations.

The de­vel­op­ment has been per­mit- ted as long as no con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity takes place on the site out­side the hours of 8am to 6pm Mon­day to Fri­day and 8am to 1pm Satur­day.

No con­struc­tion work will be car­ried out on Sundays or Bank Hol­i­days, to avoid ex­ces­sive noise and dis­tur­bance to oc­cu­pants of nearby premises.

Once com­pleted, the prac­tice will be open from Mon­day to Fri­day 8am to 6pm and Satur­days from 8am to noon.

The former li­brary

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