$3m medical centre plans unveiled

PLANS for a $3 million multi-disciplined Prospect Vale Medical Centre were yesterday unveiled by Vos Family Office.

The development shows room for five doctors, three physiotherapists and a gym, two dentists, two pathologists and five audiologists at Jardine Crescent and Stuart Avenue.

The medical centre plans coincide with Vos's development approval last week for 23 multi-units on Jardine Crescent and Las Vegas Drive.

``It will certainly complement what's already been approved,'' Vos chief executive David Gray said.

``The two would work hand-in-hand together, but obviously the catchment area has grown a whole lot more than people anticipated.''

Mr Gray said he was anticipating a six-month approval process before initiating the centre's 12-month construction program.

GHD planner Ashley Brook said approval delays included applying for amendments to Meander Valley Council's interim planning scheme, which stipulates the land's use as a car park.

``What the interim scheme process doesn't have provision for at the moment is the ability to apply for a planning permit at the same time as a scheme amendment,'' Mr Brook said.

``We have to apply for dispensation separately . . . at the moment we're dealing with it as we can and where we can.''

Although it is not part of the federal government's super clinic scheme, the centre has the potential to act as a missing Launceston equivalent.

``I guess that may have initially started our thinking,'' Mr Gray said.

``Based on what the community feedback is and from what the council has told us, we think there is demand for this in the municipality anyway.''

Plans for the development will this week be displayed at Prospect Vale Marketplace and a public consultation session will be held there from 10am to noon tomorrow.

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