Medical centre for old pub site

PLANS to build a new community medical centre on the site of a former estate pub are set to be approved.

Dr Andrew Wainwright of the Queensway Medical Practice applied to Wellingborough Council last year for planning permission to redevelop the site of the former Eagle public house, on the corner of Olympic Way and Queensway in Wellingborough.

The plan is to redevelop the site to create a community medical centre with a pharmacy and parking.

The new centre would replace the existing Queensway Medical Practice in Olympic Way, which was built more than 50 years ago.

The current centre was only ever intended to accommodate the medical practice for about 15 years but its lifespan was extended to the 21st century.

The application is set to be discussed by members of the council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

Planners have recommended councillors give the proposals the go ahead.

The Eagle pub was knocked down in August last year.

The building suffered extensive damage in a fire in 2009.

Papers outlining the plans for the site say: “An expanding local population has highlighted the need to upgrade and improve facilities at this medical centre.

“The existing building and site cannot accommodate these requirements, dictating the requirement for a more suitable site within the local area.”

Helena Grundy, of Shelley Road, Wellingborough, said she thought having a new medical centre built on the site was a good idea.

She said: “It will brighten that corner up for a start. It’s been a dump for years.

“It’s a good use for that spot, there couldn’t be a better one.

“It’s a busy medical centre, I think it will be a good move.”