THE team behind an ambitious project in Whitchurch are in the running for a prestigious national award.

Regeneration and Health Care in the Heart of our Rural Communities, which are working on the Pauls Moss Health and Care Hub Project, have been shortlisted for a Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards 2022.

The team, which is made up of Shropshire Council, The Wrekin Housing Group, Shropshire Telford CCG and three GP practices are in the running for the Health and Social Care accolade.

The £19.7m project will offer specialist housing, modern health care facilities, community cafe and state of the art assistive technologies, including a 71-bed supported living facility and services to more than 13,500+ patients and vulnerable people.

It will also benefit 90 medical, care and construction jobs, as well as a £1.5m reduction running costs with the merger of three GP practices.


Councillor Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council's cabinet member for Physical Infrastructure said: “This is fantastic news! I am extremely proud that we have been recognised for the LGC awards.

"Pauls Moss Health and Care Hub Project builds on the success of The Tannery Regeneration Project [in Shrewsbury] to regenerate redundant public sector assets to provide primary health care and other key services to our local communities.

“This second community health care hub is now becoming a reality for north Shropshire and will greatly benefit the local community and future generations to come.

“I would like to thank all partners involved in the project. To be shortlisted for an LGC Award is the testament to the dedication of all involved and ultimate symbol of the brilliance of this partnership working.”

All three Whitchurch councillors welcomed the news, with councillor for Whitchurch South, Gerald Dakin, commenting “This is really good news. The Paul Moss Health and Care Hub is an excellent project and I’m glad it is in Whitchurch.

“This is really good value for money and certainly fits the bill for Whitchurch.”

Dr Tim Lyttle and Elaine Ashley of Churchmere Medical group, added: “This is excellent news. The new Pauls Moss Health and Care Hub will enable us to continue to provide the best possible care for our Whitchurch patients in modern purpose built premises.

“We are excited to be part of this partnership project.”

The development is being built by Vistry Partnerships West Midlands and is due to be completed by summer 2024.

The LGC awards offers local authorities across the UK to showcases examples of innovation, excellence and performances that can inspire other councils to improve their own services.