27 January 2016
The project to redevelop Chase Farm Hospital has taken a major step forward, following Enfield Council’s approval of our reserved matters application last night.
The reserved matters application, which covers details of the new hospital including its appearance, size and layout, was approved unanimously.
David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London, said: “We are delighted with the planning committee’s decision to approve our application. We have worked closely with commissioners and clinicians to ensure that the design improves patient accessibility, enhances our expansion capability and provides real value for money.
“This decision will allow us to transform Chase Farm Hospital into a world class healthcare facility that provides an excellent environment for both patients and staff.”
The shape of the hospital has been designed to provide a better layout and to make expansion easier. It will also give access to services from the car park on one side and from a new pedestrian plaza at the heart of the whole site on the other side.
The decision will now see Enfield benefit from a new hospital, up to 500 new homes, including key worker accommodation and a new primary school. Money from the sale of surplus land will be put entirely towards the new hospital, with the rest of the costs met by the trust and the government.
Work to transform Chase Farm Hospital has already begun. Services, including the urgent care centre, have been relocated ready for the main building works and some preparatory work has started, including demolition of unused buildings and alterations to some of the internal roads. We are carefully planning the development so that all services remain operational throughout construction and disruption to patients is minimised.
Construction of the new hospital itself is due to begin in spring.
Image: artist’s impression of the new Chase Farm Hospital
Notes to editors
1. Full details of the application can be viewed at http://planningandbuildingcontrol.enfield.gov.uk/online-applications by entering the search term EN2 8JL in the search box.
2. More information is available at royalfree.nhs.uk/chasefarm
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