‘Patient power’ has won the day following the Church Commissioners’ decision to withdraw a planning application to convert the long-standing doctors’ surgery at 41 Connaught Square into luxury flats. Following a massive campaign against the loss of the 100-year-old surgery, which serves over 8,000 local residents, the Church Commissioners have bowed to pressure and have withdrawn the planning applications for both Connaught Square and Sussex Gardens where they had proposed to relocate the surgery.
The Connaught Square Surgery, at 41 Connaught Square, London W2 2HL, was rated ‘Good’ in 2018 by the Care Quality Commission https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-2451300192
Connaught Square Practice has been a family doctors’ surgery since 1907 and has been an NHS medical practice since the inception of the NHS in 1948.
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