9 December 2014
One of the first commitments of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust following the acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust was to redevelop Chase Farm Hospital, making it fit for purpose to deliver 21st century healthcare and to provide world class care close to where our patients live.
Many of the buildings at Chase Farm Hospital are in a poor state of repair and the site urgently needs to be redeveloped. The current hospital is outdated and has dispersed buildings spread over nearly 37 acres. This creates practical difficulties for staff and a poor quality environment for patients.
The trust has submitted an outline planning application for the redevelopment of the site. The application seeks approval of the general scope of the development and access arrangements to the site. Detailed matters such as layout, scale, landscaping and appearance will be the subject of a future approval process by Enfield Council.
The trust is committed to ensuring that the views of patients, staff and the local community are fully considered as a part of the planning process and has held a series of consultation events to inform the development of the planning application proposals. This engagement will continue as the plans progress.
Enfield Council will shortly begin a formal public consultation on the proposals and will be writing to local residents and other stakeholders to seek their views. A decision on the application is likely to be made in early 2015 and, if approved, the new hospital will open in 2018. The existing hospital will remain open and fully operational during construction. During the building work some services will be relocated within the site.
The application consists of the following elements:
We will demolish most of the existing poor quality buildings across the site and construct a modern hospital which will include world class facilities for elective (non-emergency) care, diagnostics, out-patients, an urgent care centre, paediatric assessment, planned elective surgery and postoperative care, an older persons’ assessment unit and rehabilitation facilities.
Surplus land will be used for residential development to fund the new hospital facilities. It will include the construction of up to 500 new homes comprising high quality family homes and apartments and including key worker accommodation set within a landscaped environment.
New primary school
A new three-form entry primary school is proposed to the south-east of the site to provide much needed school places for new and existing residents. Land will be made available to Enfield Council to provide temporary school facilities on site which will help to meet current needs while the school is constructed.
Full details of the application can be viewed at planningandbuildingcontrol.enfield.gov.uk/online-applications by entering the search term 'EN2 8JL' in the search box. The planning application 14/04574/OUT is the top item. You can comment on the proposals using this link. You can also view the application documents at London Borough of Enfield, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3XA. The consultation closes on 2 January 2015.
More information about the Chase Farm redevelopment can be found at royalfree.nhs.uk/chasefarm.