Decision close on clinic plans

08/10/10 Filey'Hunmanby clinic which has been closed without warning by the Primary Care Trust..'104058a
08/10/10 Filey'Hunmanby clinic which has been closed without warning by the Primary Care Trust..'104058a

A DECISION on the future use of the former Hunmanby Clinic is imminent.

Plans to redevelop the Hungate Lane building into a residential dwelling are currently being pored over by Scarborough Council planning bosses.

If the authority’s councillors approve the proposals, the clinic will be turned into a three-bedroom house complete with loft conversion.

A report to Scarborough Council planning chiefs said the changes would not cause a detrimental effect to Hunmanby’s street scene.

It said: “The conversion and alterations will not result in overlooking or any overbearing effect on existing properties.

“Traffic movements will be less than the former health clinic and the proposed appearance of the property is not considered to have any detrimental effect on the area.

“The proposal will result in an enhanced appearance to the existing street scene and will provide an overall improvement through the addition of two small pitched dormers to break up the existing front roof.

“The design and materials chosen reflect buildings in the area and changing to residential accommodation will be more in keeping with the neighbouring residential area that the health clinic.”

The former practice suddenly closed late last year, leaving scores of regular users having to travel to alternative sites or visit the doctors’ surgery.

The clinic provided a range of health services from weekly baby clinics to podiatry for diabetics.

Its closure sparked a wave of protest from local resident and Hunmanby cllr Nick Harvey.

He attended a meeting with representatives from North Yorkshire and York NHS Community and Mental Health Services Trust to try and thrash out a solution, and is maintaining the fight to improve healthcare in the village.