HOPES for a new dental surgery in Basingstoke have been dashed after the landowner confirmed they are no longer planning to build a surgery.
Land at the Island Site, off Beggarwood Lane, had been set aside for a new surgery when the development, which also includes the Holly Blue pub and a care home, was given planning permission.
But The Gazette can reveal that the 0.2-acre site will now be used instead to build a children’s nursery.
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Select Enterprises bought the land from Grainger at an auction in April 2021.
Grainger first obtained planning permission on the wider site in Beggarwood for a pub, care home, retirement flats and dentist surgery in 2018.
The developer then serviced the site and sold all aspects except the dentist surgery to specialist developer operators.
It is understood that Grainger had a deal in place with local dentists to build a surgery on the site.
However, this deal collapsed and the developer then sold the site with the planning permission in place.
Beggarwood’s current dental surgery is based on Broadmere Road, next to the doctor’s surgery.
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A spokesperson for Select Enterprises said: “We can confirm we have acquired an interest in the land at Beggarwood in Basingstoke.
“Whilst it is not our intention to build a dental surgery, our vision is to provide something we believe will be of at least equal if not more benefit to the local community.
“We are proposing to build a children’s nursery at the site which will be a very valuable resource for local families and help to meet the current need for childcare in the local area.
“We are seeking to share more details about our proposals soon and we look forward to engaging more with the local community in due course.”
The news has not been welcomed by the community, as dentists are in high demand in Hampshire.
Research conducted by the BBC earlier this year found that nine in 10 NHS dental practices across the UK are not accepting new adult patients for treatment.
As previoulsy reported, some patients in Basingstoke were facing waits of up to two years for treatment.
The new owner will now have to submit a new application for planning permission to build the children’s nursery.
A spokesperson from Grainger said it could not comment on the plans when contacted by the Gazette.