Report of the Director of Open Spaces.
To receive presentation from Barts Health NHS Trust Hospital Redevelopment Team.
The Committee received a report of Director of Open Spaces on the Barts Health NHS Trust published public consultation documents relating to options for the future of the 44.13-acre Whipps Cross University Hospital site.
Abbas Mirza the Community Engagement Lead for the Whipps Cross Hospital Redevelopment provided the Committee with a presentation on the project. The Community Engagement Lead’s presentation explained the need for the redevelopment, options for the site and the community engagement programme noting that the 15th of November date for feedback had now been extended. The Director of Open Spaces noted that the City of London Corporation was supportive of the redevelopment of the site but was fully conscious of the impact to neighbouring Epping Forest land.
Replying to a query from a Member of the Committee the Community Engagement Lead confirmed that the Barts Health NHS Trust had engaged with the local authority and the City of London Corporation to help to mitigate issues caused by increased traffic in the area caused by the redevelopment. Following this it was questioned what the planned car parking provision for new site would be. Replying to this the Community Engagement Lead confirmed that a multi-story car park would be needed on the site but highlighted that Transport for London would also be contacted to explore public transport opportunities for the site.
The representative of the WREN group commented that the group was concerned about the affect redevelopment would have on the local environment and questioned the considerations that had been made regarding sustainability. The Community Engagement Lead clarified that a statutory Environmental Assessment would be completed and that an NHS working group would be looking at organisation wide improvements regarding sustainability with the specific aim at the Whipps Cross site to be in operation for more than fifty years.
Replying to a concern raised on the impact that the increased traffic would have on the Hollow Ponds car park the Director of Open Spaces noted that an item later on the Committee’s agenda contained plans for improvement of the car park and that a full mitigation strategy would be produced accordingly.
The Chairman noted that Committee Members should use the consultation methods, as outlined by the Community Engagement Lead, to ensure that the views of local people are fully incorporated in the redevelopment plan. Further to this the Community Engagement Lead informed that he would be attending the full council meeting of Loughton Town Council and Whipps Cross hospital meetings to discuss the matter further.
RESOLVED- That the report be noted.