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UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Cautious welcome to new surgery plans

 Published on: 17th February 2020   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans to convert a pub outside Radlett into a GP’s surgery and cardiac centre have been submitted to Hertsmere Borough Council (HBC).

The Cat and Fiddle Pub, on Cobden Hill near Radlett, has been closed since last May and The Hive, who are behind the new proposal for the building, say the new centre will benefit the local community.

Planning documents read: “The proposed medical facility will provide state of the art screening and imaging equipment as well as General Practitioner services for the local community. The proposal will therefore bring a key community facility back into a beneficial and viable use.”

Earlier this year, members of Aldenham Parish Council nominated the building as an asset of community value and that process is due to be completed shortly.

Parish councillor Garry Walton was a regular user of the pub until it closed and said he was surprised with the recent planning application. 

He said: “If it’s of community value I’d support it but I’ve spoken to the Red House and I know nothing about it. I’m agnostic about whether or not we would object to it and we have been active in trying to secure a nomination of community value for the site. 

“If it gets nominated, it will have to give the value it used to the community so be a pub. One of the reasons for the pub closing was an application to extend the kitchens was rejected. There surely isn’t enough room for a medical centre so it will have to be extended again.”

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