NHS and military chiefs have welcomed a decision by planners to give the go-ahead for the new Catterick Integrated Care Campus.
Richmondshire District Council’s planning committee voted in favour of the £55m scheme on Tuesday.
More than seven years in development, officials say the joint venture between the National Health Service (NHS) and Ministry of Defence (MOD) will provide a range of healthcare services for Armed Forces personnel and their families based at Catterick Garrison and residents of the wider Richmondshire area.
The purpose-build centre will feature primary care, advanced primary care, mental health services, physiotherapy, NHS dentistry for children and adults with a disability and voluntary and community healthcare support providers under one roof.
It is hoped the new facility will be completed in 2024.
Wendy Balmain, North Yorkshire place director for the NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (HNYICB), said: “The NHS and MOD have been working together since 2015 worked to turn the vision for an integrated health and care campus for military and local civilian populations into reality.
“The formal planning approval is a major milestone, moving us forward with finalising our service proposals and achieving final approvals.
“I would like to thank all our partners for this significant collective achievement that in time will support the needs of the local community.”
Karina Dare, regional partnership director for North East and Yorkshire at NHS Property Services, said: “Passing this important planning milestone is a fantastic achievement and I want to congratulate the clinical teams as well as the technical team for their time and commitment to reach this stage.
“We will continue to support our NHS colleagues as we move into the next approvals stage with the ultimate aim of supporting delivery of vital services to the local community.”
Air Commodore Luke Houghton said: “We are absolutely delighted to be informed of Richmondshire District Council’s formal planning approval of the Catterick Integrated Care Campus design.
“This decision paves the way for an exciting future healthcare facility and delivery model for both the NHS and MOD. It is an opportunity to collaborate and work together and to focus on the health needs of the whole population in the area through excellence in joint clinical practice and learning.”
Councillor Angie Dale, Leader of Richmondshire District Council, said the integrated care campus is a much-needed facility for the district.
“I welcome this development which will complement our vision for Catterick Garrison – it links with the work we are doing on the regeneration of the town centre which is subject to a £19m levelling up bid from central government.”
Appointed contractor, Tilbury Douglas says it aim is to maximise social value for the area, with a focus on new job creation and training opportunities for the local community.
They will also engage with local community groups to identify ways in which they can provide support.
There are plans to hold future engagement events together with partners for the local community, which will be advertised locally.
Works have already commenced on site to prepare the site for the start of construction in Spring 2023. Several previously unused and dilapidated buildings have now been demolished due to being no longer viable for use.
Baden Powell House, a building with significant history for the local community and MOD will be retained on the site, and following completion of the new health campus, will be refurbished, and remain in use.