Lambeth Council Planning Committee have approved an application to re-site the popular GP practice in Rosendale Road to the Old Dairy site in Croxted Road near the junction with Park Hall Road which has been derelict for many years. The Rosendale Road surgery has 5,700 patients drawn from the surrounding area including Southwark as well as the Gipsy Hill and Thurlow Park wards of Lambeth. On the new site it can expand to 7,000 patients and offer more services to patients including minor surgery.
Senior Partner Dr Rosemary Leonard is nationally known because of her work as a consultant to TV, newspapers, and radio. She told the committee that the Rosendale Road practice was no longer sustainable—with no disabled access and limited space— and may have to close in May 2015 if the new site was not approved.
Thurlow Park ward Councillor Clare Whelan OBE says: “This is a great advance for NHS services in Lambeth and Southwark and brings a derelict building back to life. Patients will no longer have to travel to access certain services. The planners also listened to community concerns about increased parking and have agreed to consider mitigation for residents of the neighbouring Rosendale Gardens estate.
College Ward Councillor, Lewis Robinson added ““This will make a real improvement to West Dulwich and I am delighted to have been able to support this, bringing a longstanding derelict site back into use with the doctors surgery providing benefit to the community, and new shops providing more local employment”