Since the SBC local development proposals were first mooted the village has been advised that it would involve a new village centre which would contain a new Health Centre building. The new facility would have capacity to support the larger patient community (i.e. extra 1,200 houses/3,000 patients plus new Business Park employees etc.) and would offer a wider range of services like physiotherapy, dentist, chemist and also other possibilities such as library, gym etc. have also been discussed. As a result this has formed the villagers aspirations and the vision for the future.
Achieving this vision is obviously linked to the village development program which has been rolling on for several years after it was given final approval in the Local Plan in 1998. The proposals were then supported by a Public Inquiry but was still further delayed by the poor housing market situation. The village understands that planning clearance has been given on the large developments apart from the 'legal agreement' which must be agreed to set the developer contribution for things like new school, road infrastructure, increased capacity sewage plant and importantly a new village centre and other village improvements etc. We understand that negotiations between SBC and landowners/developers are continuing but have no idea when and if they are likely to be concluded.
However whilst this goes on the community consultation about important issues like the Health Centre have been sparse and SBC latterly advised that if the village wanted to know any thing about the new Health Centre they would need to talk directly to NHS management. Unfortunately when doing this we find that NHS management were not aware of SBC development plans, had no capital funding or Health Centre planned for Newtown, and worse still, they have no plans to improve the existing Health Centre since the village finds that it is a private entity and the existing building belongs to the local Practice and not NHS.
With the recognised aging population in the catchment area together with the SBC massive planned growth for Newtown it is sincerely hoped by all that this can be rectified as the development agreements are reached in the future.