New health centre plan for Worthing

Posted on September 25, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Polyclinics |

Midhurst & Petworth Observer | West Sussex PCT | 25 September 2009

A NEW health centre could be established in central Worthing if it is given the go-ahead to open in a landmark listed building.

Stereopsis Ltd, of West Parade, Worthing, is asking the borough council if it would be lawful to convert the former United Reformed Church in Shelley Road into a large polyclinic.

Agent Plainview Planning Ltd says the two existing ground-floor halls would be sub-divided to accommodate 10 consulting rooms, while a further 20 consulting rooms would be provided by creating a new first floor.

The new health centre would offer a “full range of health services”, including a retail pharmacy. 

The shell of the 1900-built listed building would be retained.

If the council issues a “lawful development certificate”, it would open the way for a full planning application to be submitted.

“This is all at a very early stage,” said Ian Woodward-Court, of Plainview Planning.

Dwindling congregations and funding forced the building to close as a church four years ago, with worshippers moving to the Emmanuel United Reformed Church in St Michael’s Road.

The building was then used as a school until two years ago.


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