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We are launching the second period of pre-application public planning engagement to support our outline planning application to build on the Hardwick Manor site and we want to hear your views.

In December 2020 we announced Hardwick Manor as the preferred site for the new hospital and we aim to submit an outline planning application early in 2022.

As part of the outline planning application process, we carried out the first phase of pre-application planning engagement in the summer. The second phase of this engagement will run from Monday 1 November until Sunday 12 December.

 Latest updates

1/12/2021 - Change to vehicle access for trial trenching at Hardwick Manor

We remain committed to thoroughly understanding our potential impact on this site and have engaged with the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service with whom we intend to conduct some explorations.

This work will consist of trenches dug using mechanical excavators. The team of archaeological professionals will seek to uncover and record any historically significant features within a survey area that, although extensive, will exclude areas such as the arboretum and the walled garden.

Originally the excavator was going to access the site via the secondary entrance on Horsecroft Road. The Local Planning Authority has requested that the vehicle accesses the site via Sharp Road and remains on Hardwick Manor for the duration of the work. This would mean that the vehicle will access the site via Sharp Road once at the beginning of the work and once when leaving the site after the work has been complete. We apologise for any inconvenience that this causes.

 

1/12/2021 - Updated illustrative designs available on the website

On Monday 1 November the second phase of our pre-application planning engagement launched. This included a dedicated website which features illustrative designs of what the new hospital could look like on the Hardwick Manor site.

Updated versions of our initial designs have been added to the website on Monday 22 November which shows a construction compound.

Please visit https://www.wsh.nhs.uk/Planning/Planning.aspx to see the updated indicative illustrations.