A MULTI-MILLION pound health centre is to be built in Nantwich.
Plans are being finalised for the clinic, which will be built on the Civic Hall car park near to the disused Crowsfoot Centre, which will be demolished.
Talks have already taken place with Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council planners, and the plans will be formally submitted next month. If they are approved, work is likely to start in March, and take about a year to complete.
The new clinic will replace the existing health centres in Beam Street and Hospital Street, which will be closed down.
It will incorporate three GP practices, a community clinic, suite for minor operations, dental surgery, nursing rooms, pharmacy and treatment rooms.
It is estimated that the centre will initially house 16 doctors, and teams of health visitors, district nurses, practice nurses and physiotherapists.
Cllr Bill McGinnis said: 'Plans are now well advanced. They will go the borough council next month and if they are approved I expect work to begin by March.'
He said the new facility was desperately needed in Nantwich as the existing surgeries had run out of space, and doctors' patient lists were full.
Nicola Morgan, facilities manager with the Central Cheshire Primary Care Trust (PCT), said the three existing practices - two at Beam Street and the Kiltearn centre in Hospital Street - will continue to work separately and retain their own identity, but all under the same roof.
With the extra space and facilities, all the practices will have the opportunity to recruit more doctors.
The scheme is being paid for by developer Henry Davidson and leased back to the PCT over 21 years.