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Find out more for plans for site behind GO Bowling in Dunstable

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

We'll shortly submit a planning application for the site behind GO Bowling, off Court Drive in Dunstable, and will share our plans at a drop-in information event on Friday, 28 February.

The plans, drawn up by Wilmott Dixon, include apartments for older people and an integrated health hub, which will bring together health and care professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and providers of other health and care services.

The free drop-in event will be held at Dunstable library from 12-7pm on Friday, 28 February. You can also find out more about the new hub online.

Artist's impression of Dunstable health / social care hub and housing

Artist's impression of Dunstable health / social care hub and housing

Councillor Hegley, our Executive Member for Adults, Social Care and Housing Operations (HRA) and Customer Services, said:

Alongside the Hub, we’re proposing some housing for older people. These will be apartments, which will be for older people looking to perhaps move out of a house that is a bit too big to manage and to be right in the centre of Dunstable.

Councillor Stock, our Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing and Communities, explained:

The whole development will provide much needed housing and a building for health and care services, enabling more joined up care and bringing a wide range of services closer to people.

The hub is expected to host a mixture of GP services, and other medical services; children’s services; social care and support; wellbeing and community mental health services; public health and prevention; voluntary and carer support and it could also include a pharmacy and café.

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group – which is the NHS organisation responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the people who live in Central Bedfordshire – did a consultation last year about an integrated hub in Dunstable, which has been used in developing the proposals.

Councillor Ghent, our Executive Member for Assets and Housing Delivery, explained:

Along with the designers, we will be able to share drawings of the site and the outside of the buildings and there will be members of the team on hand to answer questions about the site. If you can’t come along, then you can still sign up for dedicated email alerts to find out more about how the development is progressing or visit the dedicated web pages.

Find out more about the new Dunstable hub