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Major St Mary’s Hospital planning row on horizon

Residents object to new NHS trust building proposals

22 September, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

How the new St Mary’s could look

A PLANNING row between Paddington residents and a hospital is set to come to a head next week at City Hall in Victoria.

St Mary’s Hospital has applied to put up a new, eight- storey building on the eastern side of its estate that would bring together the majority of its adult and children’s out- patient clinics – but 70 nearby residents have lodged objections with Westminster Council. There would also be a loss of 30 car parking spaces for hospital staff.

The services are currently provided from 40 different locations and the Imperial Col- lege Healthcare NHS Trust said the redevelopment would support better care, improve patient experience and replace ageing buildings.

Residents, mostly from the Westcliffe Apartments, have complained about the signifi- cant loss of daylight, a sense of enclosure, and noise and dis- turbance from the overall intensification of activities on the site.

The new building will provide walk-in entrances from Praed Street and South Wharf Road, a public courtyard link- ing both streets, a drop-off point in South Wharf Road and a ground floor reception, café, pharmacy and blood test areas.

The site is close to where the Paddington Cube, approved by the council earlier this year but subject to a judicial review. Hospital bosses have previously raised concerns about possible ambulance delays as result of the cube.

A statement from the health trust said: “Together with the London Ambulance Service we have raised concerns at every stage of the planning process – with the developers, Westminster City Council, the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

“We believe the trust’s proposal for an alternative, new access road on Winsland Street would bring significant benefits, especially for emergency and other patient transport, and would allow the full closure of London Street to support major improvements to the public realm.”

The statement added: “We believe that by replacing ageing buildings, some of which are over 100 years old, our phase one redevelopment will support better care and patient experience, allowing us to respond to the changing needs of modern day healthcare.

“We await the outcome of the planning committee’s consideration of our application for the new outpatient building.”

Councillors are due to consider the planning application on Tuesday.


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