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We have submitted our outline planning application to the local planning authority

Following a programme of extensive engagement with public, staff and partners throughout 2021, from which close to 1,800 feedback forms were received, we are pleased to announce that we have now submitted an application to the local planning authority for outline planning permission to build a new hospital on the preferred Hardwick Manor site which will replace the existing hospital in Bury St.Edmunds.

This application is based around a broad parameter plan and includes a highly detailed assessment of how the proposed facility will impact its environment, including, traffic, ecology, views and hydrology. The application can be seen on the West Suffolk Council planning portal at https://planning.westsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications/ by searching using reference DC/22/0593/HYB. Any feedback relating to the application must be directed to the local planning authority via the online planning portal.

As much as the outcome of this application represents a hugely significant milestone for our project, we still remain at a relatively early stage of development and we have a lot of work to do in terms of detailed design before we can apply for the full planning consent that is required before any construction can take place. 

As part of the local planning authority’s statutory processes, a public consultation will be held which will allow the public to comment on the outline planning application. The outcome of the application is expected later this year.

Construction is not expected to commence until 2025 and we will continue to provide opportunities for members of the public to engage and help shape our new hospital.

Further updates will be provided via this website.

 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.