Agenda item

Sutton Hospital site

The Strategic Director of Environment, Housing and Regeneration to give a verbal update on the London Cancer Hub Development Framework (Sutton for Life project).

 

Indicative timing: 5 minutes

Minutes:

The Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration, Amanda Cherrington, gave a short overview of work which was being done on the London Cancer Hub project.  Following feedback at the last Local Committee, consultation was postponed and officially began at the engagement session prior to this meeting. On 21 September 2015, from 7pm to 9pm, there would be a larger engagement session taking place at the Institute of Cancer Research, to which all residents of the roads which border the hospital sites would be invited to. Ward councillors and local community group Chairs would also be invited.

 

The project team were currently reviewing other cancer hubs in the country, engaging with staff at the hospitals, and reviewing the local area, including the local infrastructure and demographic. The team were also looking at the Sutton Hospital site and how a pop-up consultation hub could be sited there which was eye-catching.

 

An outline concept would be drawn by Christmas and consultation on the concept would take place in the new year. At present the team were engaging local residents and staff only as there were no concepts to consult on at present.

 

The Committee queried how the project would progress as the Sutton Hospital land was owned by the Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust. The Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration stated that the acquisition of land was still to be decided, however the Cancer Hub was across three institutions which could work better together.

 

The Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning informed the Committee that an application for the demolition of buildings on the Sutton Hospital site had been submitted and was due for consideration at the Planning Committee on 30 September 2015. The NHS Trust were required to identify how they intended to mitigate against possible harm to protected species, including bats, within their ecological statement.

 

Concerns were raised that hoarding had gone up on the Sutton Hospital site around the protected Victorian buildings. The Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning agreed to look into the locations of the hoarding and the plans of the NHS Trust.

 

The Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration noted that the preferred method for residents to engage with the project was through the website, however further events would be taking place, including a possible event on Sutton High Street to gather a wider view of the scheme. The Chair clarified that the Local Committee would continue to receive updates on the Sutton Hospital site at future meetings.

 

Councillor Jane Pascoe suggested that the consultation should also be on the London Borough of Sutton website so residents were able to find it.

 

Councillor David Hicks noted that the Department of Health had announced that 1.57 hectares of land on the St Helier Hospital site was available for housing, however the site was designated a medical site. The Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning stated that there had been difficulty gaining information from the NHS Trust on future plans for the site, however it was important to gain an understanding of these plans to inform the development of the Local Plan.

 

Resolved: To note.