Revealed: The controversial redevelopment plans for Springfield Hospital
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Residents have until Monday, March 9 to make their voices heard over the giant redevelopment of Springfield Hospital in Tooting, proposed by developers South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.
Plans for the 1,200 new homes have now been submitted to the council, and your views will inform the decisions of the planning committee.
The council is only sending leaflets to homes within 500 metres of the hospital but the project could affect the whole borough.
The Wandsworth Guardian has compiled a summary of the proposals here. For full details and to comment, visit wandsworth.gov.uk/planning, application numbers 2008/4452 and 2008/5135.
Springfield Hospital is 169 years old and badly needs its Victorian facilities upgraded.
The housing development would pay for modern hospital buildings like the award-winning Phoenix Unit, built in 2005, and the additional infrastructure that will be required by the development.
Developers say the new hospital buildings would be cheaper to maintain and more therapeutic for patients.
They also say the secure units would also be more safe. The majority of the heritage buildings will be saved and refurbished as part of the project.
• 1,200 new homes will include 900 town houses, mews houses, apartments and detached family homes.
• Three heritage buildings will be converted into 300 apartments and a further three are earmarked for community facilities.
• The detached family homes and some town houses will contain three to five bedrooms and will be built facing the open spaces.
• Blocks of flats of five to eight storeys high are planned for the Glenburnie Road corner of the site.
• 4,782 sq metres of small business units and 1,045 sq metres of shop units will create hundreds of new jobs.
• 25 per cent of homes will be affordable; half of these will be social rented and rest will be shared ownership.
• Profits will pay for around £100 million of new hospital buildings, replacing all facilities apart from the Wandsworth Acute Unit and the Phoenix Unit.
• A new primary school is proposed, as well as community facilities such as a health and fitness studio or function hall.
• The existing gym and crèche facilities are to be refurbished.
• A new elderly care home will accommodate residents of Brendoncare.
• A £4m fund is earmarked for transport infrastructure improvements, including extensions to the 127 and 315 routes in addition to the G1 service.
• Developers say an assessment produced in accordance with Transport for London shows local public transport, including the northern line, can accommodate more people.
• The percentage of green space will increase, and there will be a new public park of 13 hectares.
• An additional six hectares of public open space, gardens and playgrounds will be created.
• The golf course is to disappear.
• Listed gardens are to be restored.
Traffic and Parking
• The main entrance will be via Burntwood Lane, but Glenburie Road may also be used for entry.
• Parking onsite is to be controlled to keep out people with no permits.
• There will be 0.6 parking spaces for each new household, and 1176 parking spaces overall.
• Much of the parking will be basement.