PLANS to turn an empty Haslemere office building into a new osteopath clinic are being recommended for approval by Waverley Borough Council planning officers. The change of use application for Haddon House, Hindhead Road, is due to be decided by members of the borough council's development management committee on Wednesday, June 6. In their report to committee members officer note the recently vacated office building has not been marketed for office purposes but recognise that other offices in the area have been difficult to let. Applicant Andrew Smith claims the new clinic is needed as he currently has seven consultants working from four rooms at his Clayhill clinic in the town, which means consultants have to work part- time. He wants to relocate the clinic to Haddon House, allowing the current Clayhill clinic to revert to residential use as two self-contained flats. Mr Smith believes Haddon House having its own car park makes it ideal for visiting patients and points out the Clayhill clinic has problems with a lack of parking spaces, which makes people late for appointments. He told officers: "Haddon House is a far better location for the clinic because it is on a main road, making it easier to locate, it has ample parking on site and it is not in close proximity to residential properties in the way the Clayhill clinic is". If planning permission is granted officers suggest imposing a condition restricting the times of practice to between 8.30am and 6pm. The Haddon House has parking spaces for 11 cars at the back of the site and one or two at the front but officers recommend that at least four spaces are reserved for patients only. Officers conclude the change of use would "not give rise to significant changes to the character and amenity of the site and it's setting" and urge councillors to give the scheme the green light.
Approval urged over clinic plans
Thursday 31st May 2007 10:00 pm