A new medical centre, community hub and supported living facilities are to be built in Whitchurch after Shropshire Council agreed to invest in the project as part of plans to regenerate the town.

Shropshire Council, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and The Wrekin Housing Trust will now work together to regenerate and redevelop the Pauls Moss site.

The council formally agreed to support the scheme at meetings of Cabinet and full Council last week.

Funding for the project will be provided by Shropshire Council, The Wrekin Housing Trust, Homes England, NHS England, Shropshire CCG and the One Public Estate programme.

The Pauls Moss scheme is aiming to provide the Whitchurch area with modern primary health and care services, and bring together three existing GP practices into a single site.

Wrekin Housing Trust is proposing the building of new specialist accommodation for people over 55 in the form of lifetime apartments and bungalows.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for corporate and commercial services, said: “This exciting and innovative project is brilliant news for Whitchurch and Whitchurch residents.

"It provides an opportunity to link the medical centre and housing with a community hub space that will enable local partners to provide a wide range of activities and services to local residents and patients.

“The need for a new medical centre in Whitchurch is well known, and this project will make sure that this need is met, and that Whitchurch has modern, accessible, and fit for purpose facilities."

Work is expected to take around three years on the site and should be completed by 2022.