5 October 2009
The plans to revamp the grade two listed building are part of wider proposals to reconfigure healthcare provision across
“I am delighted that we have been able to assist in securing permission for a project of this significance. The proposals represent a crucial opportunity to improve local healthcare provision. They are of great importance and represent a key project of citywide significance with the prospect of major public benefits involved.”
In future, it is planned that people will only have to go to major hospitals for the more specialist services and these hospitals will be supported by a range of local community hospitals, such as
Julian Bolitho, Regional Director, WYG Planning & Design, said: “These welcome decisions reflect the successful outcome of both a robust community engagement process and lengthy and constructive detailed consultations with local planning authority officers and many other technical stakeholders, including English Heritage, on all aspects of the proposals.
“Following a thorough review of the historic and architectural importance of the building, the detailed proposals ensure that the integrity of the listed buildings is retained whilst still being able to deliver a 21st century healthcare facility,” he added.
Planning guidance at all levels recognises the importance of effective, accessible and high quality health services in improving quality of life. The reconfiguration and modernisation of local health services, in partnership with health authorities, is also encouraged.
Significantly improved provision for pedestrians, cyclist and those with restricted mobility is also being made.
Julian Bolitho also added: “WYG Planning & Design Bristol now looks forward to assisting the Trusts involved with the delivery of this project, including advising on various post-decision matters such as discharging conditions.”