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Council grants planning permission for new Whipps Cross Hospital

Permission was given at a council meeting on Wednesday, 24 November (Pic-Barts NHS Trust)

Planning permission has been granted by Waltham Forest Council for the development of a new Whipps Cross Hospital. 

Barts NHS Trust submitted two planning applications in May, one for the hospital development and a multi-storey car park, and another for the residential development and change of use for the heritage building. 

They were approved by Waltham Forest Council at a meeting on Wednesday, 24 November, the permission is subject to approval by the Mayor of London and completion of legal agreements. 

The new state-of-the-art ‘smart’ hospital will improve the experience of patients as well as for staff.

It will include a third more clinical space than the current hospital, almost double the amount of CT and MRI scanners and an increase in the amount of single rooms from 17% to over 70%.

They will be able to host double the number of day space surgery in the new hospital. 

Construction will begin in spring 2023 and it’s hoped that the new hospital will be completed by the end of 2026. 

The Wider Whipps Cross site will be used to provide up to 1,500 new homes, a community health building, public green spaces, improved transport links and community facilities. 

It will be greener, with the hospital aiming to deliver net zero carbon emissions, offering people the facilities to cycle and walk to more places.

Cllr Simon Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Housing Development, said: “We are delighted with the decision at the planning committee. Residents deserve a fair deal for Whipps Cross and the hospital is in desperate need of redevelopment.

“It’s fantastic that the wider development plans will involve new green, public spaces, and other flood mitigations in place, after the devastating impact of flooding to Whipps in July. Once completed, residents will have a state-of-the-art hospital they deserve.”

The announcement comes after the council backed #WhippsWontWait campaign which gained over 8,000 signatures, calling on the government to secure funding for the new facility. 

Alwen Williams, Barts Health Group CEO, said: “This is an exciting milestone taking us even closer towards building the new hospital at Whipps Cross that local people so deserve. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work by our staff, as well as valuable input from local people, in developing the plans.”

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