A Suffolk County Councillor said she is “relieved” a development brief for Hopton has been adopted by St Edmundsbury Borough Council as the battle to retain a doctors surgery in the village continues.
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 Hopton South Development, which will also include new homes.
Mrs Spicer said the next stage would be a planning application, which she said could be submitted before the end of the year.
“I am very relieved that the plans for Hopton are now approved by the full Council and so we are able to move on to a detailed planning application,” she said.
“There is still overwhelming support to have a new GP surgery — not just for Hopton but to serve the surrounding villages and growth in population. The GPs are still waiting for final approval from the NHS. Matthew Hancock MP is coming in December to talk to the GPs and see what he can do to help.
“There may well be objections and I hope they can be discussed and resolved as Hopton does need a new GP surgery as well as an improved village hall. The increase in the number of houses will help support Hopton Primary School.”