MORPETH’S oldest veterinary practice is set to literally move up the road.
The current Robson and Prescott premises in Staithes Lane is within Dransfield Properties’ proposed supermarket site in Low Stanners.
After working together to find a new home, plans have now been unveiled to relocate The Veterinary Centre to Northumberland County Council’s former salt depot at the top of Whorral Bank.
The proposed new surgery would be more than twice the size of the present one. It will house a farm animal and equine wing, as well as larger facilities for small animals.
There will be a paddock, lunge ring and stabling for horses, a large animal unit with equine theatre and hospitalisation facilities, loose boxes and calf and sheep pens.
The practice employs more than 50 people and new staff accommodation will include a flat for 24-hour staff presence, a study for the trainee nurses and a large room for client meetings.
Retail Property Director at Dransfield Properties Andrew Malley said: “We have been speaking to the practice for many months as our plans have progressed for Low Stanners and we are delighted to have found the right location for the new veterinary centre.
“We have worked closely with the practice to get the design and layout right.”
Practice Manager Shelagh Prescott said that although it had won awards for its post-flood refurbishment, the business has outgrown the Staithes Lane premises.
“It is a pleasure to work with Dransfield Properties — they have a genuine desire to get it right for us,” she added.
The building has been designed to have the appearance of a restored farmhouse and steading, in keeping with its surroundings. The plans have been submitted to the county council.