RNOH to submit new plans

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is preparing to submit a new outline planning application for the redevelopment of its site, with a larger proportion of housing than in its existing permission.

The RNOH has permission for an £80m redevelopment, but wants to change its plans to take account of the changes in clinical requirements, and reduce their need to borrow to fund it.

Rob Hurd, chief executive of RNOH, said plans are at an early stage and will include proposals for a new hospital development and residential development, including staff accommodation.

“We are keen to ensure that we consult widely with our key stakeholders and encourage as many people as possible to attend a public exhibition to find out more about the proposals,” he said.

The new planning permission seeks to permit the re-provision of exemplary healthcare facilities together with the transfer of surplus floor space to residential use in order to achieve the maximum potential land receipt.

RNOH will consult on its preferred design option in April, prior to a planning submission in the summer.

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