Local people, patients, people who use services, families and hospital staff will be able to have their say on proposals for the redevelopment of surplus land on the St Peter's Healthcare campus in Chertsey.
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust intend to secure planning permission for the redevelopment of the surplus land for housing. The west site would then be sold in order to fund improved local healthcare facilities.
The money raised would:
- Improve urgent and emergency care facilities and assessment units at St Peter's Hospital
- Support plans to upgrade and expand the affordable accommodation for NHS staff managed by Optivo - this will make St Peter's more attractive to new staff and improve living space for existing staff
- Provide significant funding towards redeveloping Surrey and Borders Partnership's mental health hospital and community services to serve people in north west, mid and east Surrey.
The proposals largely focus on the western part of the St Peter's Healthcare campus which is jointly owned by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This area currently houses a range of community mental health services for people of all ages and a drug and alcohol detox unit. These will relocate within the local vicinity, and people who use these services will be involved in deciding where best suits the services' needs. The area also houses old administrative and service buildings, housing for staff, and derelict areas.
The proposals include:
- 297 open-market homes consisting of a retirement village and a mix of apartments, and houses. These will make an important contribution to providing much-needed new homes in Runnymede
- Around 60 new affordable homes, primarily for NHS staff
- A new, separate access road from Holloway Hill to the north west
- A new village green.
- Redeveloping housing on the eastern part of the campus to provide 72 modern affordable apartments, primarily for NHS staff
- Options for accommodating parking on and off-site for around 250 spaces.
People can view the plans at a public exhibition on Thursday 27th April between 2.30pm to 7pm at the Postgraduate Education Centre, St Peter's Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey. Staff from the NHS Trusts and the technical consultancy team, including WYG, will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be a small permanent display in the hospital's main foyer. Further information will be made available online at WYG's dedicated webpage www.wyg.com/st-peters
Valerie Bartlett, Deputy Chief Executive at Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust said: "We are very excited about this fantastic opportunity to improve the facilities in which we provide care to our local population. The resources will be used to improve a number of important facilities in our hospital, particularly for those people who arrive here in an emergency. We are also particularly pleased that this development will enable us to offer better quality staff accommodation, which is vital for recruitment and retention. The redevelopment will also provide much needed new homes in Runnymede, an area with a housing shortage." Jo Young, Chief Nursing Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: "This is extremely positive for us. The capital we raise will fund future projects to improve our hospital and community services and will enable us to fulfil our values to create respectful places and treat people well. "We are seeking alternative accommodation in the locality for the services we provide on this part of the St Peter's campus and will explore all available options, involving people who use our services, their carers and our staff in those discussions."