Long term plans submitted to the planning authority (on behalf of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) to redevelop parts of the St Peter’s Hospital campus in Chertsey over the next 20 years were approved by Runnymede Borough Council at a public planning meeting yesterday evening. Known as the ‘Masterplan’ this sets out a vision for the whole health campus for the future which, now that it has been approved, will allow both Trusts to submit further detailed plans for individual developments that fit within this larger picture.

Hospital Trust Director of Strategy Paul Bentley commented: “We are delighted that Runnymede Borough Council has unanimously approved our Masterplan application and that we have the widespread support of local councillors. This is extremely good news and a major step forward for the future of St Peter’s Hospital and will enable us to plan for the future with more certainty, including improving access to the site, improving our car parking provision as well as – in the longer term – being able to undertake major building work to allow us to develop more of our specialist services such as a renal centre for the whole Surrey community.”

Now that the Masterplan has been approved, the Hospital Trust will shortly be submitting a further planning application for enabling works including two additional car parking decks, one to be situated above the existing car park outside the Abbey (maternity) wing, and a second at the back of the hospital’s Medical Assessment Unit, the masterplan will allow us to demolish the old Ramp buildings which are some way past their prime and are no longer used for inpatient care.

Paul continued: “We know parking is a huge issue here, for patients, visitors and staff. In overall terms, the Masterplan allows for an additional 700 allocated spaces over time across the whole campus. Our first step will be to actively work to increase the number of patient and visitor spaces here at St. Peter’s Hospital, hopefully by the end of this year, by adding two additional parking decks, subject to individual planning permission. We are also working on a number of green travel schemes to try to reduce traffic coming onto the site to further alleviate the problem.”

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