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Wilsden Parish Council opposes pharmacy plan for village
Parish councillors in Wilsden have unanimously opposed plans to build a new pharmacy in the village.
An application for a pharmacy in the car park of Wilsden Medical Practice has been submitted to the planning department at Bradford Council.
A decision is still pending, but the proposal was discussed at a meeting of Wilsden Parish Council on Monday, when councillors objected to the scheme.
Parish councillor Tony Caunt said: “First of all, we felt there was insufficient information and secondly, we already have a pharmacy in Main Street which has been established for a considerable amount of time and we could not see the benefit in another pharmacy.
“Also, the area around the medical centre is for domestic properties. There are no retail properties there at all, so we felt a commercial development in a residential area was not appropriate.
“We voted unanimously to turn it down.”
The application also attracted a letter of concern from a resident in Wellington Road, who fears it will create “an ideal refuge for undesirable people” and put pedestrians in danger from traffic exiting the proposed development.
The proposed scheme is for a single- story building, approximately 100sq m, finished in render and buff brick on the walls and a smooth, grey concrete roof, to be built in the car park of the medical centre in Lingbob Court .
The application has been submitted by Langtry-Langton Architects of Oak Mount, Bradford, on behalf of Tim Downs, of Medical Centre Developments Ltd based in London, the company which owns Wilsden Medical Practice.
Mr Downs said: “The idea is that by having a pharmacy on the site, next to the medical centre, it is more convenient for the patient and it is a more integrated service.”
He said Bradford planners had not been back to ask for additional information about the application and thought parish councillors were worrying unnecessarily about it being in a residential area, as it was envisaged the pharmacy would be used primarily by patients visiting the medical centre.
A spokesman for NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds said: “I can confirm that, under the relevant pharmaceutical regulations, an application for a 100-hour pharmacy has been granted to set up in the vicinity of Wilsden Medical Practice. Prior to granting an application, we notify the Local Pharmaceutical Committee and other interested parties. The legislation does not prevent a new contractor setting up near to other pharmacies.”
Partners at Wilsden Medical Practice did not wish to comment on the application to the T&A.