MORE doctors will soon be on hand to serve residents on Farnborough's biggest housing estate.

Rushmoor Council planners have given the go-ahead for a two-storey surgery to be built at Totland.

The building near Croyde Close will include eight consulting rooms, treatment and minor operation rooms and a waiting area for 50 patients.

There will also be a health education room, district nurse and health visitor offices and an administrative area.

The surgery, which will have 24 parking spaces, will be built by Primary Medical Property Health Developments.

Welcoming the scheme, the North East Hampshire Medical Committee said it would help ease the burden on the area's over-stretched GPs.

And the Blackwater Valley Primary Health Care Trust said the development would help relieve some of the increasing pressures on primary care in the town.

The site forms part of an open space, and the council has had to bend its rules to allow the surgery to be built.

Members were told the scheme could go ahead because part of the proceeds from the sale of the site would be used to improve recreation facilities on the rest of the land.