THERE are no plans for new health facilities at a proposed 3,500-home development in Hampshire, say civic chiefs.

An official report seen by the Daily Echo has revealed that there was “no request from the NHS” for any additional primary care services in the proposed North Whiteley scheme.

The project would also include three schools, new shops and 50 hectares of green space.

An application was submitted by a consortium comprising of Taylor Wimpey, Crest Nicholson, Bovis Homes, and JGP Lakedale, and was approved by Winchester City Council in October 2015. It is set to get underway next year.

But a Winchester City Council report seen by the Echo reveals that health chiefs have made no request for NHS facilities at the scheme.

Now civic chiefs have called for a rethink.

Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council said: “I am concerned for the present and future residents of Whiteley not having any healthcare provision.The NHS needs to think again I believe the developers would be willing to provide health facilities like at Welborne which will have a healthcare building built by Buckland Development.”

Cllr Shaun Cunningham, who represents Portchester on Fareham Borough Council added: “The CCG must respond to the local plans in their areas of responsibility to ensure that the healthcare provisions are supported as these developments are coming forward.”

Andy Wood, chief finance officer for NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are aware of the plans for the new homes at North Whiteley. “We believe the surgery at Whiteley has space on site for expansion, and are already talking to the practice’s landlords about increasing the size of the car park.

“Clinical staffing levels at Whiteley Surgery will also need to be taken into account as the housing plans move forward.

“These will be the subject of future and ongoing discussions between the CCG and the practice as we monitor the progress of the new housing development.”

The owners of the building which houses the Whiteley GP Surgery, Nexus, have said that they will allocate £350,000 to expand the surgery’s car park.

But Councillor Woodward believes the surgery could struggle to get planning permission for the car park.

He added: “The £350,000 car park extension is a red herring and it’s irrelevant because of the protected woodland that would need to be demolished and will not provide any extra space for healthcare.”

It follows a similar row at Welborne, a 6,000 home development near Fareham where initially the CCG had no plans for extra health provision but then reversed the decision following pressure from Fareham Borough Council.