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Council Leader makes statement on neonatal care unit planning decision

cllrsamanthadixonThe Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Samantha Dixon, has made a statement regarding the proposed plans for the redevelopment of the Countess of Chester Hospital's neonatal baby unit.

Councillor Samantha Dixon said: "I have been a supporter of the Baby Grow Appeal for many years both as a public member of the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust Hospital and as a former non-executive director of the Trust. Cheshire West and Chester Council supports the Countess of Chester Hospital's ambitions to expand its neo-natal services. 

"It is the role of the planning committee to independently examine the consequences of a planning application on a neighbourhood. However, it is also really important we ensure much-needed investment in our local NHS facilities can proceed for the benefit of the whole community.

"I have therefore asked Council officers to work together with the hospital to address the concerns raised, so that an acceptable proposal can be brought back to the Committee as soon as possible."

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