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  DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS SET OUT IN THE
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GEORGE'S TRUST PLANS 2003

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LUNG's concerns

Revised plans 2004

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Merton Council's Unitary Development Plan

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In February 2003, the NHS Trust published proposals prepared by Hamilton Associates for "The redevelopment of Atkinson Morley Hospital and the Firs"

On 4th August 2003, St. George's NHS Trust submitted four planning applications (No's 1746, 1755, 1758 and 1759) to Merton Council  
Following two exhibitions of the plans at short notice on Sept 4th/5th with little publicity, LUNG  persuaded the Trust to hold a further  display on Sept 22nd.

In addition, Merton Council made the planning applications available for inspection at the ground floor reception of the Civic Centre, Morden, and at Wimbledon Library.

The following is a selection of diagrams from the plans displayed, with some comments. Click here for further comments on LUNG's concerns. The diagrams are around 3Mb each and will take quite a while to download:

P(0)001 Existing Location Plan P(0)101 Proposed Location Plan
P(1)205 Proposed section through  Hospital Site (shows underground parking extending into MOL-- danger to tree roots?) P(2)222 Proposed Section of Firs Site  (shows East to West mass of development & proximity to MOL)
P(0)120 Site Coverage (shows existing footprint, and new development with trees. Note intrusion into MOL plus position of Copper Beech and Oak in relation to flats foundations, houses, and roads) P(0)004 Landscape & ecology constraints plan (shows wildlife habitats, particularly where intrusion into eastern copse bank would take trees and proximity to one of the main badger setts)
P(0)007 MOL Boundary Adjustment (shows loss of MOLand "suggested MOL compensation" -- incorrect boundary line)

Despite many meetings and suggestions from LUNG it is similar to the draft proposal published in February 2003, as summarised below:

Built Areas

  • Atkinson Morley's Hospital site: provision of 104 new  dwellings (26 houses, and 78 apartments)

  1. Side wings of hospital to be demolished; remainder converted to private dwellings

  2. Additional terraces of houses and flats to the front, sides and rear of the hospital building -- ranging in height from 3-5 storeys)

  3. Additional vehicle access opposite Catherine Villas

  4. Car Parking to be both above and below ground

  • Firs Flats: to be demolished and rebuilt as 45 dwellings (4/5 storey blocks of bedsits and small flats) offering affordable housing:

  1. Two semi-detached houses on the western edge, with separate access onto Copse Hill

  2. Two triangular shaped blocks of flats with car parking to the rear of the eastern block 

  • Health and beauty spa (765m2)

  • Bus turning circle

    1. Remove from hospital land

    2. Relocate with entry shared with the Wolfson Rehabilitation Unit and exit shared with Firs site
       

  • Parking spaces for 206 cars (126 for private housing, 25 for affordable housing, 25 for visitor parking and commercial use, and 30 for the Wolfson)

Open Land

  1. Some housing extends into the MOL lawn to the south of the hospital building

  2. Open land to be sold to and retained by the developer. Lawn proposed as private space for the new development

  3. Retention of footpath shared with vehicle access at northern end

  4. Woodlands to be protected

  5. Further studies to be undertaken on open lands

  6. Retention of Scout HQ

The following are a selection of diagrams from the plans published in February 2003
Diagram showing Planning ConstraintsPlanning Constraints Diagram showing Landscape and Ecological ConstraintsLandscape and Ecological Constraints
Diagram showing Topographical & Arboricultural constraints

Topographical and Arborocultural Constraints

Diagram showing Transport, Views & Access constraintsTransport, Views and Access Constraints
Diagram of plan to retain Historic Core of AMHRetention of the Historic Core Diagram of the Development areaThe Development Area
Work in progress - Site PlanWork in Progress - Site Plan Work in progress - AMH SiteWork in Progress - AMH Site
Work in progress - SectionWork in Progress - Section Summary of ProposalProposal Summary
   

LUNG'S CONCERNS ABOUT THE TRUST'S PROPOSALS

Contrary to national guidance, there are several areas where the scheme does not comply with Merton Council's Planning Brief.

In October 2003 the LUNG Committee sent a formal response to Richard Plume, Principal Planning Officer for the London Borough of Merton.  Click here for a summary of our major areas of concern Further information about the plans and expressions of concern may be viewed on the DAWE web-site

The hospital was formally closed on October 10th. Click here to read about continued access and security provisions for the site.

Click here for further information on the continuing campaign

YOU MAY LODGE ANY COMMENT ON THE ABOVE VIA THE WEB SITE “DISCUSSION FORUM (click on button at top of this page).

Last Updated 22/08/05