Burley-in-Wharfedale’s Grange Road GP Surgery is set to receive a substantial boost in its efforts to expand, courtesy of Bradford Council. Members of the Bradford Council’s Executive are poised to greenlight a £400,000 infusion from the Bradford Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) towards the construction of a much-needed extension for the Grange Road GP Surgery in Burley-in-Wharfedale. The CIL, earmarked to bolster the funding of essential infrastructure to facilitate the execution of the Local Plan, draws its resources from fresh property developments.

The plea for financial assistance was initiated by Grange Park Surgery in Burley-in-Wharfedale, aiming to cope with the escalating demand for its services. Last year, the Executive members consented to earmarking £400,000 from the CIL to aid the surgery in managing the surge in demand stemming from new developments in the vicinity.

With the initial tranche of CIL payments from the residential development at Sun Lane and Ilkley Road now in hand, the allocation of funds can be formalised, accompanied by a preliminary funding agreement penned with the surgery and its financial backers.

Presently, the practice attends to a patient roster of 6900, a substantial increase from the 4500 it served when inaugurated back in 1984. It has become evident that the heightened demand for services, particularly propelled by the Sun Lane housing development, necessitates an extension of the surgery’s premises to adequately cater to the surge.

A Bradford Council spokesperson said: “We are pleased to be able to reinvest some of our CIL funding into the community to support the practice with this extension and help them meet the increased demand. It’s taken a lot of work to get to this point and we’re bringing this paper ahead of our annual CIL paper later in the year so the surgery can access the funding as quickly as possible and deliver the expansion.”