Health centre linked to store plans

A TOWN will get a new state-of-the-art health centre if plans for a foodstore are given the green light.

Salford Estates, the owners of the Castle Dene Shopping Centre, in Peterlee, have revealed plans for a new doctor’s surgery in the town.

It would come on the back of Salford’s plans to open a new supermarket in the town centre complex as the existing surgery, Peterlee Health Centre, would make way for the development.

The proposed supermarket would fund the construction of the new health centre and is one of four competing schemes in the area.

Salford Estates spokesman Gareth Edmunds said: “This is evidence of our commitment to improving Peterlee town centre.

“Not only does Peterlee need a new town centre foodstore to bring people back into the town, but this also offers a unique opportunity to deliver a brand new health centre that is fit for the 21st century.”

Speaking on behalf of the current health centre and practices, Joseph Chandy said: “These are exciting proposals for both local GPs and their patients.

“We fully support this town centre development and the wide ranging benefits it can bring to Peterlee and the sustainability of its town centre.”

Salford Estates is one of three companies competing for permission from the council to build a new supermarket in Peterlee.

The others are North Blunts, which wants to build a Morrisons supermarket on the site of the former North Blunts Primary School, in Burnhope Way.

The scheme also involves plans for housing and new sports facilities.

Tesco also wants to build a new store on the site of the former East Durham College, also in Burnhope Way.

All three developments are likely to be determined by Durham County Council in June.