Plans for new Tewkesbury hospital approved

Plans for a new £10m hospital in Tewkesbury have been approved by the borough council's planning committee.

More than 2,000 people signed a petition against building the new hospital, calling for the existing hospital to be refurbished.

NHS Gloucestershire has said facilities at the current hospital are outdated and that refurbishment would cost more.

The NHS said the decision, made at a meeting on Tuesday, was "the best ever Christmas present".

Work on the site at Barton Road, adjacent to the existing hospital, is expected to start in the spring and the hospital is scheduled to open in mid 2013.

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