Plans for Cockermouth practice will resolve backlog of NHS dentist appointments

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RESIDENTS of Cockermouth could benefit from improved dental facilities and shorter waiting lists for an appointment if the Borough Council gives the green light to the plans.

Allerdale Borough Council has received a building permit application from Amanda Strong of Pooley Bridge to expand the first floor of St Helens Dental Practice in Market Place, Cockermouth.

The extension will involve the creation of an additional consultation room with a waiting area and the extension of the floor space.

Explaining their plans to council in a heritage, design and access statement, the applicant said, “The reason for this proposal is to improve existing facilities.

“An additional consulting room will be added to allow additional capacity for the practice, which will hopefully help tackle the ever-growing waiting lists for NHS dentists. ”

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused enormous disruption to dentistry locally and nationally.

NHS Digital data in September revealed that 104,000 dental treatments were given to NHS patients in Cumbria between June 2020 and March 2021 – a 68% drop from 323,000 during the same period of the year former.

The proposal from St Helens dental practice involves the construction of a rear extension on the first floor and the applicant has stated that changes to the interior will be minimal.

The plans will also provide a practical solution to the leakage problems.

The statement read: “The existing ground floor extends beyond the first floor so that the roof of the ground floor is a patio, water is now seeping into the ground floor. – floor.

“The proposed extension will cover this area and prevent water infiltration.”

The Sainte-Hélène dental office is located in a conservation area, but the claimant said it would be prudent to avoid any significant changes, which is why improvements are underway at the rear of the building.

They said all materials “will be matched, with details reflected by the existing property to produce an extension in line with the policy of the Allerdale local plan.”

A site inspection found no evidence of any protected species or cavities that might attract them to the existing building.

The public can consult and comment on all the requests submitted to the borough council for approval.

Planning committee advisers will consider public comments for or against objection when deciding whether to green light the plans.

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