In 2014 the majority of existing healthcare services will be transferred from Frenchay to the new hospital at Southmead and, in terms of children’s inpatient services, the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
North Bristol NHS Trust will retain some of the existing buildings for healthcare provision and develop a new community health and social care facility at Frenchay but the vast majority of the site will become vacant.
It has always been the Trust’s intention that we will sell this surplus land - the money from which will be ploughed back into the NHS to provide healthcare for local people.
In preparation for disposal of the land, we have started to develop a masterplan which will inform an outline planning application to South Gloucestershire Council for future potential different uses across the site in line with the Council’s emerging Core Strategy.
We have been working with local people and South Gloucestershire Council so they can voice their views on the existing site and we’ve begun to draw together initial ideas on what they would like us to consider as part of any future redevelopment.
A public exhibition (on March 21 at Frenchay Hospital) was one of a series of opportunities for us to seek the views of local people regarding the redevelopment.
The site has already been identified in the Council’s emerging Core Strategy for possible new residential development.
Part of the site falls within the Frenchay Conservation Area and the masterplan proposals will take account of this and opportunities to enhance the character and appearance of the Conservation Area will be considered.
Speaking to local people a range of ideas have been put forward including the possible provision of new primary school for the proposed development and wider Frenchay village, the need for a village centre/community hub and more integration with the old village.
Following, this first consultation event, we will submit a draft concept statement to the South Gloucestershire Council for consideration.
This will inform the ongoing preparation of an outline planning application for the comprehensive redevelopment of the land. A further public exhibition is planned in the coming months to show how we have responded to the comments raised.
An outline planning application will be submitted to the Council in the summer 2012.