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Planning permission has been granted for a brand new children’s day nursery, costing £1.6million to be built at St Helier Hospital for the children of staff.
Permission was granted by the London Borough of Sutton development control meeting, for a redesigned, purpose-built nursery for the children of staff who work at the hospital. The approval follows constructive discussions between the project team and local residents agreeing to minimise any impact from the building work on adjacent roads.
Tim Wilkins, project director for the redevelopment of St Helier Hospital said: “Being granted planning permission for the brand new nursery is excellent news, not only for the parents and children who will use it, but also for the £219 million redevelopment of St Helier Hospital.
“The new hospital building will actually stand on the land where our existing nursery, called Woodlands, is currently situated. Since we needed to move the Woodlands, we took the opportunity not just to relocate it, but to build a brand new, and better, nursery for the children.
“The new nursery will be specially-designed and purpose-built, and it will be located in a quiet corner of the hospital grounds surrounded by woodland, which means it will be much better for the children that use it.
“We have been actively engaging local residents over any concerns they had about the new nursery’s location and have offered additional reassurance that all day-to-day access for staff and children will be through the grounds of St Helier, rather than on adjacent roads.
“In addition, we are looking at how we can use the landscaping of the area, which includes a number of trees and other vegetation, as well as fencing, to minimise any noise from the nursery itself and reduce the visual impact of the building on local residents.”
“We are committed to making the new nursery as environmentally friendly as possible, ensuring it uses low levels of energy day-to-day, and requires minimal maintenance in the future.”
The Woodlands nursery currently caters for 48 children up to the age of five during school term time and runs a play scheme over the school holidays for 30 children aged from five to 12. The new nursery will cater for the same number of children.
For more information about the redevelopment of St Helier, visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/sthelierredevelopment
Photo: Tim Wilkins, project director for the redevelopment of St Helier Hospital