Surgery wins pharmacy appeal

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A DOCTORS’ surgery on Moreton Hall has won an appeal to open its own pharmacy, even though St Edmundsbury Borough Council turned down the application in March.

Mount Farm Surgery, in Bury St Edmunds, was refused planning permission to open the pharmacy after fears that business at nearby Croasdale Pharmacy would be hit. But last week, inspector Richard High granted the surgery permission.

Trevor Beckwith, borough councillor for Moreton Hall, said he was disappointed power was being taken away from the local authority.

He said: “The inspector comes along and the decision changes – where is the devolving of issues to local authorities now? Cameron keeps chirping on that it is down to local people to decide things – but local people did decide on this matter.”

Nicholas Cooper, from Croasdales, said: “We are extremely disappointed that the views of the councillors have been turned over by one man from Bristol. It will affect the business dramatically. With 85 per cent of our customers coming from the surgery, if there are financial incentives in the surgery pharmacy, I doubt the 85 per cent will find their way to us.”