The CCG applied to Elmbridge Borough Council for planning permission (reference 2018/3453) to change the use of Burwood Ward in Walton Community Hospital to enable Fort House Surgery to relocate to modern, fully accessible premises. Further benefits for people living in and moving to Walton-on-Thames related to this proposal can be found pdf here  (936 KB)

You can view the planning permission documents here and you can read further information about the overall proposal in the following documents:

If you need this information in another language or format, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

The planning consultation was due to end on 10 December 2018. This was extended by Elmbridge Borough Council to 11 January 2019, which the CCG supported in order to ensure local people could express their views. 

* Update following appeal decision - November 2019

In September 2019 the CCG formally lodged an appeal against the planning decision of Elmbridge Borough Council to refuse the change of use of the empty Burwood Ward to house Fort House GP surgery.

This appeal was rejected in November 2019 primarily on the grounds that further information was needed regarding the proposed additional car parking area, the quantifiable impact of digital transformation of services on parking demand and the absence of a cap in patient numbers.

Next steps

The CCG and Fort House surgery remain committed to finding a solution to enable the practice to operate from a modern and accessible space that meets the needs of patients.

We are meeting imminently with Elmbridge Borough Planning Officers, with the aim of quickly establishing the availability of feasible alternative estate in the area to house the GP practice. The outcome of this will determine whether we go back to the planning committee with an amended appeal.

In parallel we are working with partners, including CSH Surrey, to consider the future of Burwood Ward. As an empty space that costs the local NHS £200k per year it is essential we find a way to use this for local people’s health and wellbeing.  

Activity on this will progress at pace only after all options to house Fort House Surgery on the site have been exhausted. It will also consider the broader context of emerging plans for neighbouring areas such as Weybridge and Molesey.  

We will continue to keep this page  updated and share the latest information with partners when available.

* Update following planning committee decision - 4 February 2019

The CCG’s planning application to change the use of Burwood Ward in Walton Community Hospital from C2 to D1 (and so suitable for a GP practice) was refused by local councillors at the North Area Planning Committee on Monday 4 February 2019. It had been recommended for approval with conditions by the council’s Planning Officer whilst the County Highways Authority recommended the Transport Assessment and Travel Plan.

The reason for refusal was given as follows:

"The proposed development would fail to provide sufficient car parking for the numbers of users of the application site and the wider Walton Community Hospital and Walton Health Centre which would result in an increase in parking stress in the local area and have a detrimental impact on the users of that site and the amenities of the neighbouring properties and locality. This would be contrary to policies DM2, DM7 and DM9 of the Elmbridge Development Management Plan 2015."

 

For further information:

Email: contactus.nwsurreyccg@nhs.net
Telephone:01372 232 450
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