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Improvements in GP premises - Don't forget the legalities

We know a lot of our GP clients will have considered bidding for funding from the new Primary Care Infrastructure Fund.  Those of you that have submitted your bids will now be waiting the results and no doubt hoping for a positive outcome. 

Your supporting business case will have considered some of the practical implications of any proposed improvements.  You might well have talked to an architect or builder.  You will have no doubt considered that you may require building regulation approval or planning permission.  If planning permission is needed, you will need to obtain that before you start any works.  Depending on where your surgery is located, you may also need to consider listed building approval or conservation area consent.

However, there can be other hurdles that need to be overcome before you can implement your improvement scheme.  For those GPs who lease their premises, it would be advisable to check the terms of your lease to see whether or not you require your landlord’s permission to carry out any improvement or alteration to the premises.  Failure to obtain this could lead you to being in breach of your lease with potentially adverse consequences.  Even if you own the freehold of your premises it would be sensible to check your title documents, in case there are any restrictions (sometimes called covenants) on the title that could inhibit your ability to carry out your planned improvements or require the consent of a third party. 

We would be very happy to help you if you would like a view as to whether or not any landlord or other third party consents could be required and what steps you need to take to obtain those. 

Rob Hayes undertakes a significant degree of work in the healthcare sector.  He is a member of the Primary Care Premises Forum and can be contacted on 0113 220 6286.

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