If you think you've seen this before then you are right! This is the third time the Stanground Co-op have made an application to move onto the doorstep of Halls the Chemist and in the process close down their Co-Op chemist on Stanground Parade - that in turn will also see the Post Office close down and a long walk for Co-Op customers !
The Co-Op propose moving next to the surgery, the full story is in the letter of objection below please copy the text and mail it as a letter but first filling in your details and signing or e-mailing to email@example.com
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My Name ______________________________________
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Peterborough City Council Planning Services
Stuart House, St Johns Street
Peterborough PE1 5DD
Dear Mrs Lovegrove,
I wish to OBJECT to planning application for a dispensary/pharmacy, located at Stanground Surgery, Whittlesey Road but accessed via Peterborough Rd, reference planning application 12/01919/FUL
The reasons for this objection are as follows:-
1. The current planning application title does not represent the full intention of the application, particularly no reference to the dispensary/pharmacy, also previously been applied for reference 11/01561/FUL and also 12/01331/FUL, circa 1000 objections in total and permission refused. Without the application being considered with A1 use class for which the pharmacy/ dispensary is intended, will mean full consideration not being given, to protect the public and other users of the facility and neighbouring properties, therefore this application should be placed before the planning committee, due to well documented previous and current concerns regarding this site.
2. The introduction of the pharmacy/dispensary, will attract a significant number of new visitors to the site, which would not normally attend, substantially increasing the number of vehicular movements, this magnified by the dangerous junction and not being able to safely manoeuvre in and out of the narrow shared service road shared with Funeral Directors garages / chapel of rest and office, not designed to meet the requirements leading to the application site via the only access from Peterborough Road. The factors are compounded by close proximity to two bus stops, the presence of a large local school (1,800 college / academy students and an equal amount of visitors), also fire and rescue station, opposite and adjacent. This coupled with the reduced visibility along Peterborough Road, due to an incline, limited vision, a Bus Stop, the closeness to a very busy roundabout and Halls The Chemist own car park entrance. The volume of traffic on Peterborough Road and speed of the traffic adds substantial further risks for vehicles trying to enter or leave the site.
3. The risk this will cause to the loss of extensive services and closure of Halls The Chemist, being less than 1 minutes walk from the surgery car park. Halls The Chemist, has all the facilities of a modern pharmacy including consultation room and its own car parking, what is the applicany and council thinking?
4. The Co-op pharmacy permission to relocate to the surgery from Central Square, is however based on out-dated regulations, the current NHS thinking not being considered with the move of the Co-op pharmacy, making it harder for all the residents and patients to access medicines, services at the new location compared to the local shopping retail parade at Central Square, which is nearer residential areas, will result in many patients having to use cars/taxis to access their medication at the new site and therefore moving traffic movements from a retail centre to a non – retail location. The risk and loss of the adjoining Local Post Office, due to the pharmacy moving, will also deny local residents of another essential service.
5.The introduction of the new pharmacy/dispensary which will be run by the Co-op pharmacy, therefore a separate entity to the surgery, will also bring additional traffic movement of deliveries for medicines and waste collection of general rubbish and removal of medicine waste, plus extra staff required to run the Co-op pharmacy, e.g pharmacist, dispensers, counter assistants, managers etc. Like all NHS pharmacies, they will be required to provide service to all patients and therefore will increase traffic to site, whereas no need to have this facility at this location has been identified and its current location is already housed appropriately in a local retail centre.
I hope you will take on board mine and the community concerns and REJECT this application.