PLANS have been submitted for a new dental practice in the town centre, following the controversial closure of one of the town’s few solicitors’ practices.
The denture clinic and dental surgery is to be in Carter Street, and will be in the place of the old Glandfield and Cruddas solicitors practice in Highgate House, which is currently standing empty.
The planning application description of the proposal stated: “The semi-detached Victorian property in Uttoxeter town centre previously used as a solicitors office, a change of use, to be used as a denture clinic/dental surgery.”
The proposed dental surgery would be open from 8am until 6.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am until 5pm on Saturday.
The surgery joins three existing dental practices in town, one in Dovefields Retail Park, one in Trinity Road and one in Balance Street.
Glandfield and Cruddas Solicitors formerly based at Highgate House went into administration in September of last year, following the news that parent company Hacking Ashton Solicitors went into liquidation.
This was the second solicitors’ office to close down in the space of a few weeks.
The sudden closures left long-term clients of the firm uncertain about what had happened to their documents.
Since then, a new solicitors firm Bowcock and Pursaill has opened in the former Wilkins and Thompson building in Carter Street but the Highgate House office has remained empty.
The office in Carter Street is the latest addition to the existing Bowcock & Pursaill offices which are currently based in Leek and Hanley.
Ian Naylor, managing partner of Bowcock and Pursaill said: “We’re delighted to open a new office in Uttoxeter and be able to serve both businesses and individuals in that community. We see this new office as a natural expansion for our firm, as the clientele of the area is very similar to those we already serve.”
Files from former clients of the solicitors were passed on to solicitors firms based in Stoke-on-Trent and Burton following the closure.