A letter sent to Winchester City Council three months ago by the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group has at long last been made public. It is in response to questions I raised at the North of Whiteley Forum way back in July 2019 and at several previous meetings and contains the NHS rationale for not providing any extra built medical provision within Whiteley to cater for the additional 3,500 houses now under construction.

I have attached the letter for people to read. It claims that there is plenty of space at the existing Whiteley Surgery on Yew Tree Drive to accommodate all of the new patients by utilising the upstairs rooms. It already accommodates Whiteley and Locks Heath patients. All that is needed apparently is for the car park to be extended. What the NHS omits to say is that such a move would require planning permission and would involve the destruction of ancient woodland. Advice repeatedly given by the local planning authority (Fareham Borough Council) is that planning permission is unlikely to be granted.

This contrasts with the position in the Welborne (Fareham) development where a health and wellbeing building is required to be constructed by the developers.

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