Centre would meet demands of an ageing population
The CCG has been looking to acquire a site in which it can deliver an Integrated Care Centre ( ICC) and has settled on a location in Southwood Business Park.
The council will be the funding partner for the delivery of the health centre and will need to make the acquisition of the designated building its first task. Voyager House, in Apollo Rise, has been identified as the best site and will be acquired by agreement or compulsory purchase order.
The building is listed as a key employment site, meaning the CCG has had to apply for a change of use, which was granted by the development management committee on Wednesday November 8.
The CCG supports five localities in the delivery of care services but Farnborough is currently the only one without a dedicated healthcare facility.
Four of the town’s seven GP practices have been identified as being considerably too small for the size of their list, two of which have applied to have lists closed to new patients.
The CCG hopes it will be able to relocate up to four practices within the new facility once it has opened, as they are faced with a potential cumula- tive £ 47 million gap between available resources and projected funding requirements by 2018/ 19.
Farnborough has a growing elderly population, with projectionssuggesting the number of 65 to 84- year- olds increasing by 18%, and the number of those aged over 83 years increasing by nearly 50% during the next decade.
As things stand, the CCG is having to object to planning applications for housing devel- opments in the area due to the unsustainable healthcare structure.
The council has indicated every effort will be made to acquire the site by agreement but admits that it has not been possible to agree a reasonable price with the owner.