As final negotiations are drawing towards a conclusion on Aldershot's proposed new health centre, local development company Wilky has submitted a new planning application.

The project has been the subject of total re-design over the past eight months, to incorporate state-of-the-art thinking in the provision of primary healthcare. The result represents an enlargement of the original design, for which full planning permission was granted by Rushmoor Council last October.

The intention now is to re-start the planning application process with the local authority to regain some of the time that has been lost.

Wilky hope that a new consent will be granted in June. If negotiations are completed successfully, construction could begin in August or September for what is anticipated will be a 20-month build programme.

At the same time, Wilky is in the process of exercising its right to complete the purchase of the site. The land is already secured by way of an exchange of contracts between Wilky and Defence Estates, the Ministry of Defence land agency, following the original decision by the Army to facilitate the project by making land available.

Says Wilky Director Malcolm Young: "We believe that all concerned want to fast-track the rest of the development process in order to deliver the new scheme in as short a time as possible. By submitting the new planning application early, we might be considered premature, but we have worked on this project in good faith for seven years now, and we see no reason not to continue in good faith.

"The new design meets all of the revisions we have been asked to include and should indeed be state-of-the-art."