01/03/2021 | Announcements, Press releases

Planning consultation launched for Elective Orthopaedic Centre development and access to Colchester Hospital site

Artists impression of new elective orthopaedic centreEast Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) are preparing two planning  applications for a proposed Elective Orthopaedic Centre and Northern Approach Road access at Colchester Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester. The public is invited to comment on the development proposals in a consultation between 1 March and 12 March 2021.

The detailed elements of the works involved with the Elective Orthopaedic Centre comprise:

  • Demolition of the Mary Barron building, Cardiac Catheterisation Unit and administrative block, part‐demolition of the Elmstead Day Unit (Endoscopy Unit only) and removal of staff car park F
  • Erection of a three‐storey building and roof top plant to serve as an Elective Orthopaedic Centre, that will comprise up to eight theatres and 75 beds
  • Creation of a new loop road to allow for ambulance bays and a patient drop-off area
  • Creation of a new pedestrian footway
  • Soft landscaping and ancillary works.

The detailed elements of the works involved with the Northern Approach Road access comprise:

  • Creation of a new vehicular, cycle and pedestrian access point into Colchester Hospital via Northern Approach to the west
  • Inclusion of a new signal‐controlled junction to facilitate the access
  • Creation of a bus gate at the existing junction with Turner Road
  • Amendments to the entry and exit arrangement for the main visitor car park to allow access from the south via Turner Road and Northern Approach, and an exit to the north via Turner Road only
  • Removal and re‐provision of landscaping to the north and south of the proposed access point, to allow for the widening of Northern Approach to enable vehicles to enter and exit the site and provide for adequate visibility splays.

The Elective Orthopaedic Centre represents a significant healthcare investment, which will make a valuable contribution and improvement to the care provided at Colchester Hospital to north Essex and Suffolk catchment area. The building will be of a high quality, contemporary design that will have a positive visual impact on this area of the site, supplemented with additional soft landscaping, while the size and scale is in‐keeping with existing buildings across the western part of the Hospital site.

The new Northern Approach Road access point is proposed to be located to the south‐western corner of the site, and will create a clearer, more legible and direct access for staff, patients and visitors from the strategic network in line with other local hospitals in Essex, and will provide improved highway safety and environmental benefits to residents residing along Turner Road, as well as encouraging improved sustainable travel behaviours.

More information on the plans can be downloaded here

Your views are very important to help us develop our proposals. Please use the SurveyMonkey comments form here, or alternatively email your response direct to Sam Hazell samhazell@lppartnership.co.uk

The consultation period will run from Monday 1 March 2021 until 5.00pm on Friday 12 March 2021.

Please note: Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and to contain the potential spread, Lawson planning Partnership Ltd and ESNEFT have taken the view to run this consultation online, rather than hold a public display. All information is available online, however should you wish to discuss the proposals in more detail, we would be more than happy to speak with you via email.

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