Plans for a new, state of the art medical centre in Sheffield have been given the green light.
Sheffield Council has granted planning permission for the centre at the Fox Valley development in Stocksbridge.
Dransfield Properties, the developer of the £42 million town centre scheme, is working with Stocksbridge Medical Group on the centre.
The existing Valley Medical Centre, on Johnson Street, Stocksbridge, currently has six doctors with 9,600 registered patients, but has no room to take on further patients.
The new Valley Medical Centre would take up part of the Fox Valley site where a Tesco supermarket had been planned.
It will sit alongside a pharmacy and three further retail or leisure units, including a new food store.
The new town centre development is due to open in Spring 2016.
The area is expected to see a population increase of between 3,000 and 5,000 people over the next few years.
The new premises will also give the practice the opportunity to expand, offer more services to patients and take on additional GPs as well as having more convenient patient and staff parking.
Elizabeth Sedgwick. Stocksbridge Medical Group business manager, said the planned move was ‘extremely important’ for the practice.
As well as six doctors, the centre has five nursing staff and a further 14 support and administration staff.
Mrs Sedgwick said: “We pride ourselves on being a very good practice and want to maintain those high standards for our patients in the future.
“The direction the NHS is moving in is definitely to bring services into the community and closer to the patients.
“We don’t have the space to expand our services or for any additional doctors so this move is extremely important for us as a practice.
“A new centre would give us more space and flexibility as well as a better environment for patients and staff which is in line with current NHS guidelines and gives us the opportunity to grow.”