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Council welcomes hospital redevelopment proposals - 26.11.09

Sutton Council is backing NHS plans to redevelop St Helier Hospital.

The borough's planning service this week wrote to the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust to confirm its support for a new, modern hospital on the site.

Planning officers have been working with the Trust since April to prepare the way for a planning application. The £219m project is part of the Department of Health's Better Healthcare, Closer to Home initiative.

The council has advised that a planning application must ensure Sutton residents have adequate health care available during the phased redevelopment of the site. Improved car parking and better access for emergency vehicles are also essential requirements for the planning application.

Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

"The council fully supports the redevelopment of St Helier Hospital at long last and our planning advice to the NHS Trust is aimed at getting this new facility built as soon as possible.


"The council and the Trust are working together to prepare a full planning application that would ensure all the issues around the design and construction of a hospital in a residential area can be dealt with at the same time.

"We look forward to continuing our work with the Trust, so that an acceptable planning application will be submitted and we can move as swiftly as possible to providing even better healthcare for people in and around Sutton."

Last updated: Thursday, 26 November 2009

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