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Dental surgery plan rejected by councillors

Hart District Council's planning committee voted against amended plans to turn a house into a dental surgery in Blackwater

Adrian Collett by the site of the proposed dental surgery

Revised plans to turn a house into a dental surgery have been rejected.

Dr Mazin Al-Zibari wanted to convert his home in Meadow Close, Blackwater, into a dental surgery.

His first proposal, submitted to Hart District Council last November, attracted strong objections and as a result he has amended the plans.

However, town councillors and residents continued to dispute the proposals and they were thrown out at a meeting last night (March 12).

Hart's planning committee voted against the application despite being recommended to approve plans by council officers.

Residents and councillors had complained that Meadow Close was very narrow and there was insufficient parking for this sort of business.

Around 40 residents turned out for the meeting. The applicant’s architect, J F Leo, said the new plans were considered ‘compatible’ with the residential area.

Dr Al-Zibari had wanted operating hours from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm on a Saturday.

But Robert Jackson, development control manager for Hart, said: "There was insufficient parking on site which would lead to parking on the highway which would be detrimental to highway safety.

"In simple terms there was insufficient parking and turning on site."

Blackwater and Hawley Town councillor Jeffrey Smith said previously: “The site is wholly inadequate and not that this is a planning issue, but I do not think there is a need for another dentist. There are plenty of other dentists in reach of this area.”

Council chairman Adrian Collett said: “I suspect if you parked a four-wheel drive on the road, another one would not be able to pass unless it went on to the verge.

“To operate the business, there would be a dentist, a receptionist, a cleaner and a visiting specialist once a week. So that’s three daily car spaces needed before you talk about a patient in the seat and another one waiting for the next appointment.”

 

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