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Impact of Somerset Gardens Pharmacy monitored by Haringey Borough Council
Haringey Borough Council has said it is keeping an eye on a new pharmacy in Tottenham which opened without planning permission.
Somerset Gardens Pharmacy, in Creighton Road, has locked horns with Haringey Borough Council and people who live in the area about a new on-site pharmacy.
There is a dispute over whether the new pharmacy, in Somerset Gardens Health Care Centre which opened on September 30, did so legally.
According to the council, permission is required for the site because the new store will affect the residents and amenities in the area.
Residents have said the new 100-hour pharmacy, which is allowed to offer a needle exchange and methadone service, will attract drug addicts to the area.
The company which runs the pharmacy said the pharmacy does not offer a needle exchange or methadone service and has no plans to do so, and is seeking retrospective planning permission.
Haringey Council supported the claims of residents and initially issued a temporary stop order but later recalled the order to gather more evidence about the pharmacy's impact on the area.
A council spokesman said: “Consultation on this planning application is currently ongoing and residents have until Friday, October 18, to provide any views or feedback as part of this process.
“In the meantime our planning officers are continuing to monitor the impact of pharmacy use on the local community before a final decision is expected to be determined at planning committee in November.”
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