‘Progress’ on new GP surgery for Hopton

Mark Westley Photography'Hopton Surgery, Hopton. ANL-150331-234057009
Mark Westley Photography'Hopton Surgery, Hopton. ANL-150331-234057009

A Suffolk County Councillor says progress is being made in a bid to keep a doctors surgery in the village of Hopton.

The Hopton Surgery, in High Street, and linked with the Stanton Surgery, is run by Doctor Andrew Hassan and Partners. Doubt has been cast for a number of years as to what will happen to the facility, as it is run from a private house, with Dr Hassan retiring earlier this year.

In response, a group of community leaders across 10 villages was formed in bid to ensure there is a GP surgery in Hopton.

County Councillor Joanna Spicer said herself and St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor Carol Bull have been in consultation with the doctors, the developers and the parish council to ensure a new surgery forms part of the development. Mrs Spicer said, should the policy be adopted, a planning application could be considered in December.

“At last we have some tangible progress towards a new GP surgery,” she said. “Hopefully the support will soon be confirmed from the NHS for the new facilities in Hopton.”

Hopton South is a proposed development which would provide 37 homes, a new doctors’ surgery, and a new village hall, on the old village hall site and Sarsons Field.

It is due to be discussed by the St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Sustainable Development Working Party tomorrow. Cabinet will run the rule over the proposal on October 20, before going to full council for potential approval on November 17.

Officers have recommended the draft development brief is adopted by the district authority.