Catterick campus approved despite dentistry provision concerns

Artist's impression of the Catterick Integrated Care Campus.

A meeting of Richmondshire District Council’s planning committee heard officers describe the design of the 113m-long Catterick Integrated Care Campus as “high quality” and highlight “several positives” to the development, such as biodiversity net gain and an environmentally-friendly energy system.

The new joint Ministry of Defence (MoD) and NHS development aims to enhance the healthcare provision for the residents of Catterick Garrison, Colburn and the surrounding Richmondshire areas by bringing a range of health and social care services together under one roof in a purpose-built facility.

When complete, the building will house dedicated space for local GP services, community services such as paediatrics, adult and child mental health and physiotherapy, as well as providing external parking and landscaped green areas.

A planning agent for the MoD underlined that the development at the former Peronne Lines site would provide “the necessary medical and dental facilities” to the expanding numbers of Army based at the garrison as well as Richmondshire residents.”

Calling for a decision to be postponed, the authority’s leader, Councillor Angie Dale, said as it remained unclear where sewerage from the campus would go, the potential impact on the residents of Colburn was “quite huge”.

However, Councillor William Heslop described the scheme as “remarkable”, saying he did not wish to see it delayed and Councillor Ian Threlfall said he was fully supportive of the proposals.

He said: “It has taken far too long toget to this point. This is the third large healthcare facility I have seen in the garrison. Let’s hope they have got it right this time.”

Councillors were told Scotton Parish Council had raised concerns over the absence of any NHS dentistry services for ordinary patients at the site.

The comments follow criticisms that the scheme would feature 17 MoD dentistry spaces and one NHS dental care chair for people with mental or physical conditions that prevented them from accessing ordinary NHS dentists.

In recent weeks it has also emerged there are no NHS dentists taking on new adult patients, without significant restrictions on who qualifies, anywhere in North Yorkshire.

Councillor Jill McMullon although the scheme had been in discussion for at least ten years, she remained concerned that Colburn residents would have access to the scheme in the heart of Catterick Garrison.

She added: “It’s all very well saying isn’t this fantastic. The Army deserves fantastic facilities, but so too do others. I feel a little bit duped.”

After members approved the scheme, the committee’s chairman, Councillor John Amsden said he shared concerns over the dental provision at the campus.

He added: “It is all taxpayers’ money. I think they should provide a little more attention to the area.”

1 Comment

  1. Why do the Army get yet another Hospital.

    I’ve seen TWO Military Hospitals Demolished at Catterick Camp in my life time at use the tax payers expense.

    Will the Third Attempt workout ?

    People living and working in the dales area need some better Healthcare PLEASE.

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