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HOPES for a new dental practice in Basingstoke have been dashed after the landowner confirmed he no longer plans to build a practice.
Land on the island site, off Beggarwood Lane, had been earmarked for further surgery when the development, which also includes the Holly Blue pub and a care home, received planning permission.
But The Gazette can reveal that the 0.2 acre site will now be used instead to build a children’s nursery.
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Select Enterprises purchased the land from Grainger at an auction in April 2021.
Grainger first obtained planning permission on the wider Beggarwood site for a pub, care home, retirement apartments and dental practice in 2018.
The developer then maintained the site and sold all aspects except the dental practice to specialist developer operators.
It is understood Grainger had struck a deal with local dentists to build a practice on the site.
However, that deal fell apart and the developer then sold the site with planning permission in place.
Beggarwood’s current dental practice is based on Broadmere Road, adjacent to the medical practice.
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A Select Enterprises spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that we have acquired an interest in the land at Beggarwood in Basingstoke.
“Although we do not intend to build a dental practice, our vision is to provide something that we believe will be at least equal, if not more so, for the local community.
“We are proposing to build a children’s crèche on site which will be a very valuable resource for local families and help meet the current need for childcare in the area.
“We are looking to share more details about our proposals soon and look forward to further engaging with the local community in due course.”
The news has not gone down well with the community as dentists are in high demand in Hampshire.
Research by the BBC earlier this year found that nine out of 10 NHS dental practices in the UK are not accepting new adult patients for treatment.
As previously reported, some Basingstoke patients had to wait up to two years for treatment.
The new owner will now have to submit a new application for planning permission to build the crèche.
A spokesperson for Grainger said he could not comment on the plans when contacted by the Gazette.