Welwyn Garden City hospital plans approved

PUBLISHED: 09:53 09 September 2011

Artists' impression of the new site

Artists' impression of the new site

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PLANS to build a new, smaller QE2 Hospital in WGC were finally approved by Welwyn Hatfield Council last night (Thursday).

Members of the council’s planning control committee green lighted amended proposals for the Howlands site, a month after deferring the decision amid concerns over parking.

Applicants NHS Hertfordshire submitted a revised application that includes a temporary car park of 225 spaces for staff and visitors during construction of the local general hospital, as well as spaces for contractors.

The proposal also outlined provision for a deck car park, should one be needed.

However, the deck would only be built if it was deemed “necessary” following a three-year traffic survey – to be carried out after the hospital was built.

At Campus West last night, several councillors argued that any traffic problems would become “self evident” within months of the hospital being built.

The application was eventually approved on the condition that a traffic survey would be carried out six months after completion.

But although the plans have now finally been put through, the negative feeling towards the downgrading of the QE2 Hospital was still apparent.

Cllr Alan Chesterman said the QE2 should not be downgraded at all.

“We’re short changing the people of this borough,” he said, to applause from residents in the public gallery.


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