Plans unveiled for modern 3-storey health centre as part of church re-development in Whitley

Local people can now comment on the plans, which have been published on Reading Borough Council's planning portal.
Architect drawings of St Pauls development

Local people can now view and comment on plans for a three-storey health centre which developers are hoping to build on the St Paul's church site on Whitley Wood Lane.

The centre (shown in the top right of the architect's drawing, above) would be the new home of South Reading Surgery, which currently operates out of a building and Portakabin on Whitley Wood Rd.

According to the architect's plans, the health centre would have eight consultation rooms, two treatment rooms, a room for blood tests, and one area for minor operations. The consulting rooms for patients would be split over the ground and first floors, accessible by stairs and a lift, and would include a waiting area on each level. A staff room would be based on the top floor, plus storage of patient records.

How to view & comment on the plans

Go to Reading Borough Council's planning portal

Enter number 191265 in the 'search planning applications' box and click 'search'

Click 'View plans and documents'

Go to 'Design and Access Statement' for a summary of the plans and drawings

Go back to the main page and click 'Comment' if you want to give views on the plans.

The plans describe how South Reading Surgery's current list size of 7,500 patients is due to increase by around 5,000 patients over the next 6-12 months as new homes are built in its catchment area. This area extends from southern suburbs of Reading south to Swallowfield to the west beyond Grazeley Green to the east beyond Sonning and up to the outskirts of Winnersh and Wokingham.

These 'newer improved facilities will permit a broader range of services and improved access' including outpatient services that would reduce demand on the hospital, the plans add.

The health centre would be sited next door to a new multi-purpose church worship space, a café, and two flats.

An ash tree covered by a tree protection order would be removed to make space for the health centre, if the planning application is approved.

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