Village to get new pharmacy and dentist?

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A community hub with a dentist, pharmacy and shop could be built in Walton as part of a new retirement village.

Developer Keepmoat Ltd have requested planning permission to construct the new facility off The Grove.

Coun Maureen Cummings, for Crofton, Ryhill and Walton, welcomed proposals for the hub, which she said will benefit elderly people moving to the retirement community as well as those already living in the area.

She said: “The hub will provide a central point for people of that development as well as other people living in Walton.

“It will be a nice space for the community to meet.

“The facilities it will bring to the area are welcomed.

“I think what Keepmoat have done is realised that there are other things that are needed in our community and that are needed to encourage people to come and live in the new retirement village.

“Having a dentist and pharmacy is really important particularly for the over 55s.”

The development will form part of a 129-home Continuing Care Retirement Community for people aged over 55 in who are in need of care. Plans for the village were approved in May 2015.

Coun Cummings said: “The retirement village plan was contentious right from the start. When it was originally drawn up, local elected members objected because we felt there were far too many properties proposed for the site.

“The developer came back with a revised plan for fewer homes and they always said there would be a community hub built too.”

She added: “The community have now accepted the plan and so have we. It is a better use of the land than it being left fallow.

“We had our opportunity to object and discuss. It’s time now to focus on getting the best for the whole of the community out of it, and work to limit the disruption when it is being built.”