Atkinson Morley's Hospital Green Space
PLANS FOR ATKINSON MORLEY'S
The applications are available for inspection at the ground floor reception of the Civic Centre between 9.00am-5.00pm Mondays to Fridays. Please note that the Duty Officer will only be available from 9.00-11.00 am Mondays to Fridays to discuss the applications.
Alternatively, click below to view the applications online, along with the letter and attachment submitted by LUNG in response to the proposals
Link to the Merton planning applications web-site
How to find the Laguna Quays planning applications
on the Merton applications web-site:
Direct links to some of the key drawings:
Message from Nick Smith (Chairman of Lung) commenting on the application:
I have attached an update which sets out from LUNG's point of view what we see as the positive aspects of the new planning application for the AMH site, and the five key issues where we feel we need to try and get some changes from the developer in order for the project to be a win for the owner, the Council and the local community.
To summarise the attached paper, the five points that we feel need to be addressed in order to make this application align with Merton's general UDP policies for the conservation area and their specific design brief for this important site are:
We want Merton to negotiate a legally binding agreement with the owners that clarifies exactly how they will enhance and protect the MOL (particularly the playing fields) to the degree that they have promised in their application, and the length of time they will agree to support it. Please read the attached document for further detail about the scheme and LUNG's views on it.
If you wish to raise an objection to any of this proposal, there is a small window of possibility. Merton's Planning Department say that they will take into consideration any comments after the closing date (27th June 2007) "while still practicable". We would suggest you respond to the Council as quickly as possible. The volume of replies is important.
Please register your comments with the Planning Officer, Michaela Mercer, with a copy of your comments to Cllr Samantha George, Cllr John Bowcott and Cll Rod Scott. The email addresses are set out below:
The land and buildings of the Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, as well as surrounding land owned by the St. George’s NHS Trust, were identified as surplus and it was decided they should be sold or otherwise disposed of.
A total of 23 acres (8.85 hectares) was declared surplus to requirements. A substantial portion of this, an area of 17 acres (6.99 hectares), appears unsuitable for development, as it is designated as a Conservation Area and Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) under the Unitary Development Plan which is followed by the London Borough of Merton in matters of planning consent. In addition, approximately 3 acres of the MOL portion is also designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).
Merton Council's latest Planning Brief for the AMH site was approved in July 2003, replacing the earlier Chapter 9 Annex to the Unitary Development Plan which was then adopted in October 2003.. The Planning Brief constitutes formal Supplementary Planning Guidance, and should be taken into account by owners, potential developers and all other interested parties when considering opportunities for future use of the site.
LUNG's vision for Morley Park
LUNG's Business Plan for the Morley Park Trust
In April 1999, the above organisations submitted to the Atkinson Morley Task Force, the St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, and the London Borough of Merton, a draft proposal and business plan for the areas designated as Metropolitan Open Land. The most appropriate and broadly acceptable solution was considered to be a privately funded public park (owned by a charitable trust) for the benefit of the community and local wildlife.
The Morley Park Trust Ltd (MPT) was established, and a team of specialist volunteers, led by Philip Black, put together a new business plan which addresses both the capital costs of setting up the Park and the running costs into the future.
The team were helped by considerable professional input from Merton Council, the Wimbledon Conservators, and others in regard to costings for the upgrade and maintenance of the woodland areas and playing fields. They also explored partnerships that could defray costs to the MPT for such areas as the playing fields, as well as outlining income potential for the site, in keeping with the principles that have already been set out.
The AMH site is
the 200 bus route which goes from Mitcham to Raynes Park via Wimbledon
Town and Village. There is currently a turning circle for the bus on the Hospital
site, by the Copse Hill entrance. This bus service is
currently much used by both
hospital staff and local residents. LUNG
has conducted a survey to
establish patterns of use, and residents’ views about what should happen
to this bus service when the hospital closes.
Revised planning application
Final planning applications
approved October 2005:
The sale of The Atkinson Morley's site, which includes The Firs flats but excludes the Wolfson Rehabilitation Unit took took place April 2006. St. George's Trust announced that the Atkinson Morley and Firs sites were sold for a total of £20m to a private developer named Laguna Quays Ltd. The Trust's share of the sale was £15.1m, of which £11.5m must be returned to the Strategic Health Authority to pay off a loan that helped fund the new wing at St. George's Hospital, and £3.3M will be applied to improve St. George's finances. http://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/docs/StGeorgesGazette/GazetteIssue17.pdf
Who are Laguna Quays? (October 2006)
Laguna Quays exhibition of new draft proposals
LUNG wishes to thank everyone who
attended the exhibition and those of you who have shared their views
with us. The views
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