Stamford Dental Care set for move

The former Honda motorbike showroom in Broad Street, Stamford
The former Honda motorbike showroom in Broad Street, Stamford
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Staff and patients at a dental practice will soon be enjoying extra space at appointments after a move to a new premises was confirmed.

Stamford Dental Care has been granted planning permission to change the use of the former Honda showroom in Broad Street.

The practice, also based in Broad Street, will be moved into the more spacious accommodation.

Permission has also been granted to carry out a number of external alterations to the vacant building.

Administrator Rachael Barry said the move was down to the extra space available in the former motorcycle showroom.

She added: “Because our current premises is a listed building we can’t make any changes to it.

“In the new building the surgeries will be bigger.

“It will also be better for disabled access because we struggle with that here. We have steps up to the entrance and although we do have a ramp we can put out, it’s not ideal.”

Several alterations will be made to the showroom before the dental practice moves in.

The ground floor glazing facing the street will be removed to make way for a more traditional frontage.

Existing ground floor extensions at the back of the building will be demolished and a new single storey extension will be built in their place.

The corrugated roof over the maintenance bay of the former showroom will also be removed and replaced with a flat roof with glazing.

According to the application: “The proposed alterations will, we believe, make a positive contribution to the street-scape.

“The frontage will be broken up into smaller elements with less emphasis on shop fronts and modular repetition as at present.

“The overall proposal will also retain the historic remnants to the rear of the property.”

The practice owners have no initial plans to employ extra staff nor to take on additional patients. A second planning application for internal alterations will be submitted in the coming weeks.