Launceston is to get a new dental practice after proposals for the new facility on the outskirts of the town were approved by Cornwall Council’s planning committee.
The new building designed by Launceston-based Place Architects will be located on land north west of the Tiny Tots nursery at Sheers Barton and is set to house both NHS and private dentistry services.
The scheme had attracted strong backing locally, with the planning application receiving 37 supporting comments (100%), together with support from North Cornwall MP Scott Mann and local Councillor Adrian Parsons.
Currently, there are two dental practices in Launceston with a combined capacity of about 10,000 to 12,000 patients and at the time of the application neither were accepting NHS patients.
Mann said: “I am very supportive of wider dentistry provision in north Cornwall, and this sits alongside the work I am doing in Parliament on the NHS dentistry contract.”
Tash Baskerville, operations manager at Place Architects, said: “We’re incredibly pleased our proposals for the new dental practice received such positive support from the outset and that it has now been granted planning permission.
“As a local firm, we are committed to community of Launceston and this practice will help to ease pressures on Cornwall’s dentistry crisis while making it much simpler, and hopefully less anxiety inducing, for local residents to take care of their oral health.”