POPULAR Bella Vista doctor Walid “Wally” Jammal will have tomovehis general practice clinicafter theJoint Regional Planning Panel approved the decision to demolish and replace the building he leases.
Dr Jammal has run Hills Family General Practice for 16 years atBella Vista Drive, Bella Vista and has 11,000 patients in his books.
He now has the tough decision to shut down or relocate, as his premises will be replaced with a three-storey mixed-use development consisting of 25 units, 11 attached dwellings, ground floor retail and 146 parking spaces.
“The decision is not within my control, and as a tenant, I recognise that,” Dr Jammal said.
“I acknowledge this might cause some difficulty and disadvantage for many of my patients.
“Wewill have to relocate. I’ve been here for 16 years and been part of the community.
“Being here for so long, having to move may causes some emotional turmoil,” he said.
Two months ago,Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Dr Jammal’s clinic to launch Health Care Homes, which is designed to improve care for people with chronic and complex health conditions.
One of Dr Jammal’s patients, Yvonne Reynolds, spoke at the fiery JRPP meeting and told the panel that residentsdo not want to see the clinic moved.
“The loss to the community would be devastating,” she said.
“I have walked to and from his clinic for many years.”
Dr Jammal said he was “humbled” by the support from residents who spoke at the meeting on Thursday, November 17.
Residents also argued that the $21million development should not go ahead as it would worsen horrible traffic conditions during peak hours.
They also addressed the height and character of the development.
JRPP chair Mary-Anne Taylor told an upset gallery that the development was “a suitable use of the site and is appropriate in the public’s interest.”
In defending the decision, Ms Taylor added the applicant’s planswould not have an adverse impact on traffic conditions.
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