A NEW private dentistry service is set to make its way to the Glass Works after Barnsley Council’s planning department approved plans earlier this month – and no objections were made by the public.

The practice will be added at a vacant unit in the Glass Works, adjacent to The Fragrance Shop and next to both Next and Flannels.

A report states: “This planning statement is produced to support a request for the issue of a lawful development certificate for the proposed use of a private dental practice at the Glass Works.

“The works comprise the fit out of a newly-constructed retail unit within a covered shopping centre to form a dental surgery.

“The retail unit is currently a ‘shell’ with incoming gas, water, electricity, fire alarm and sprinkler feed.

“It will comprise five surgeries, an X-ray room, decontamination and associated servicing rooms.

“The works include the erection of a steel mezzanine floor structure and feature a spiral staircase and timber stud walls clad with plasterboard.”

The application was submitted to the council earlier this year and, following public consultation – where no comments were received by residents or councillors – the plans were approved last week.

“Since the proposal is in a town centre location which is well-provided with public car parking as well as public transport options for travel, even if the proposed use were to result in any intensification in the use of the units, there is no requirement to secure any additional parking or associated contribution,” the report added.

“The proposed use is considered to be acceptable in this town centre location as it would offer services to visiting members of the public in a highly sustainable and accessible location and will contribute towards the vitality and viability of the centre.

“The recommendation of approval includes a condition to secure control over the future uses of the units in the interests of the future vitality and viability of the Glass Works and the town centre.”

The condition means the unit will only be able to be used for medical or health services with exception ‘of the use for the display or retail sale of goods, other than hot food, principally to visiting members of the public’.