We prepared a case for the redevelopment of surplus land, under the ‘very special circumstances’ proviso of planning legislation and policy to enable the development of St Peters Hospital, Chertsey.
The hospital comprises a 32 hectare healthcare campus within the Green Belt containing approximately 100,000 square metres of hospital floorspace and 74 key worker homes for staff.
Our work contributed to the masterplanning of 475 new dwellings including 147 affordable/key worker homes, up to 30,000 square metres of new clinical floorspace, 1,200 square metres of retail floorspace and a multi-storey car park.
Leading the project team comprising specialist architects, highway engineers, ecologists, arboriculturalists, drainage engineers and surveyors we achieved an acceptable design and layout of the scheme. This required careful consideration of the differing needs, to deliver a viable and planning compliant scheme that balanced multiple site constraints, conflicting consultant recommendations and the planning authority’s requirements.
Successful, early engagement with the planning authority, highway authority, Natural England and Highways England (among others) was essential to minimise and mitigate objections at an early stage.
The persuasive and technically sound application achieved a resolution for approval from the planning authority in March 2018, in accordance with the PPA agreed timescales, and with no Members voting against the application.
The collaboration with the District and County Councils using the PPA helped deliver this complex project, on a constrained site, on time. Failure to do so could have put potential funding releases at risk.
The planning permission was issued in February 2019.