PLANS are under way to move the NHS Kirklees headquarters in a deal worth more than £6m.
The health organisation is based at two sites in Kirklees, but directors are looking at leasing one central site as their base.
It would mean about 300 staff will be transferred from Crosland Moor and Batley to a specially designed new building at the Bradley Business Park.
Directors at NHS Kirklees, which overseas the provision of healthcare such as GPs’ surgeries, hope the move will be complete by early 2010.
But they say parking at the new site remains a big issue.
Helena Corder, director of corporate services, said: “There has been much work done on the plans and there have been changes, some of which increase costs more than was originally estimated.
“While the costs have gone up the benefits of making the move remain as high as ever,’’ she added.
“The final cost is still significantly less than it is to run St Luke’s House at Crosland Moor and all the other buildings we run and have staff in.”
NHS Kirklees is now based at St Luke’s House off Blackmoorfoot Road, with a second office at Beckside Court in Batley.
It has to leave St Luke’s within the next two to three years because it is owned by the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, which is planning to close hospital services on the site and sell it.
But the plans for the move need to be referred to the NHS Yorkshire and Humber for approval as the cost of the move exceeds £6m.
If approved, NHS Kirklees would lease the new building for an initial period of 10 years.
A spokeswoman for NHS Kirklees says the new headquarters would save them £1m on running costs alone.
Directors are now looking at facilities for staff, including a gym, as well as the cost of upgrading all the IT facilities.
But parking facilities are proving to be the main problem.
Ms Corder added: “The provision as it stands is for 136 and we never thought that would be enough.
“New designs have come back to us which changes the access and gives us an extra 56 parking spaces.
“Public transport is available, but we need to look at how frequent and where it runs from.
“Another thing we will be doing is looking at where our staff live in relation to the new building.
“Quite a lot of staff live within a couple of miles of that area, so we need to look at how we persuade people to walk to work or at least leave their cars at home.”