Dr John Keen, the doctor who runs Bedford Park Surgery in South Parade, has applied for planning permission to develop the building into flats. Dr Keen, who owns the building, is retiring from the practice. He has been a GP in Chiswick since 1988. He has applied to Ealing Council to convert the GP Surgery house into three self-contained flats with a single storey rear extension.
The Design and Access statement from architects 2PM says: ‘ It is intended that The Bedford Park Surgery will close and all patients will be allocated to nearby GP surgeries in accordance with NHS procedures’.
Images above: Bedford Park Surgery, 55 South Parade; architect’s drawing of the proposed front elevation, by architects 2PM
Local residents are concerned that if the change of use is approved, it will leave them without a nearby GP, as Chiswick Health Centre, on Fishers Lane, is also due to be demolished, with the three practices which currently occupy the space being moved to a building on Stamford Brook Avenue while it is redeveloped.
One day left in which to object
The notification of consultation was published on 22 January, and residents only have until Wednesday (12 February) to oppose the development.
‘Unfortunately, the Council (conveniently?) only posted the notice on lampposts, at the end of last week’ says Owen Grainger… ‘If you object to the loss of the Doctors’ Surgery, you need to go onto Ealing Council’s Planning Department’s website and make your objection very quickly’.
‘Objections should be on “planning grounds”. The loss of such an essential facility and purely for the financial benefit of the building’s owner, can be mentioned, as permission for the conversion of the original surgery, around the corner, in Rusthall Avenue, was the provision of 55 South Parade as a replacement surgery’ says Owen.
But Cllr Andrew Steed, a Lib Dem councillor for Southfield ward, told me as far as he was aware, the overall number of GP places available in the area was not in itself a reason for the planning officers to turn the application down. That is not what ‘planning grounds’ means.
Cllr Steed has asked for a ten day extension on the deadline for comments. Check The Chiswick Calendar website news page tomorrow to see if he’s heard whether he’s been successful, but if this is something you feel strongly about, get your comments in quick.
Go here to submit your comments to Ealing Council’s planning team.