99] A NEW HOSPITAL FOR A NEW MILLENIUM
Key Issues To Resolve:
Despite a clear preference for a City Centre site, the City Council has agreed in
principle that permission could be granted for the development to go ahead at the
Walsgrave site if a number of key issues, listed below, can be resolved. The site does not
presently have planning permission and development at Walsgrave may run up against Central
Government Planning Guidelines.
BUILDING ON A GREENFIELD SITE
The presence of Green Belt and areas of nature conservation and archaeological interest
may prevent/restrict/delay development. Surveys are necessary before implications can be
ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE MAIN
Details of public access arrangements are dependant on surveys but all access will be
from Clifford Bridge Road. The need for alternative access for construction traffic has
been identified but there is no easy solution.
The Government's Environment Agency has objected to building on the floodplain. Further
studies are necessary to show that a scheme can be designed to overcome these concerns.
This may increase costs.
This is a key issue which needs to be addressed if the Government's policy of reducing
reliance on the private car is to be followed. Reaching the site by public transport from
within the whole of the catchment area must be made attractive to visitors and to staff at
the hospital so that there is a real prospect of reliance on the car being reduced. These
'Green Travel Plans' can be costly to run as is shown by recent greenfield hospital
developments elsewhere in the country.
IMPACT ON COMMUNITY
Close proximity of residential properties will require detailed consideration when the
proposed positioning of the buildings is known. The effects on the local community will be
investigated as part of a socio-economic study commissioned by the City Council.
It will also be necessary to provide sufficient car parking spaces to meet the
hospital's operational needs if problems are to be avoided in the surrounding streets.
IF YOU SUPPORT THE CITY CENTRE SITE
PLEASE SEND YOUR SUPPORT BY 20 FEBRUARY