Wandsworth’s planning committee have rejected proposals by Patel Taylor to redevelop the ‘crumbling’ Springfield Hospital site in Tooting
The latest Urban Strategies-masterplanned scheme for 839 homes, a new hospital and 3,700m² of mixed-use shops and office space were thrown out by councillors despite being recommended for approval by planning officers.
Last night (7 December) the committee rejected scaled-back proposals, brought forward by South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, claiming the development would ‘put too much strain on the local transport network and result in an unacceptable loss of open land’.
A previous Arup-masterplanned planning application for the site was also rejected by the committee in March last year. Councillors ruled that scheme was ‘too vast, out of keeping with the surrounding area and would exacerbate local transport problems’.
Planning applications chairman Nick Cuff said: ‘Some of our concerns with the previous proposal have been addressed but the scale of development is still excessive. A scheme of this size would place huge demands on an already overstretched transport network and the Trust’s offer to improve bus services and junction layouts would not do enough to offset higher usage.
‘Local tube and rail services are already seriously overloaded and surrounding roads would struggle to cope with the extra traffic.’
‘We want to see new homes and new health facilities on this site, but only on a scale that can be safely accommodated by local infrastructure.’
The response from South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust
‘We are disappointed with the decision to reject the application. The officer’s report recommended approval of the scheme. It describes the scheme as a “bold development proposal to help bring forward renewal of the hospital facilities and create new homes.” The report acknowledges that this revised scheme has responded to the concerns from our neighbours about over development in our previous application and in particular has addressed the grounds for refusing the earlier scheme. In all respects the proposals are consistent with local and national planning policy, and are supported by the GLA who are the strategic planning authority for London.
‘As a Trust it is vital that we provide modern, fit for purpose facilities in order to best support people with mental health problems. We firmly believe that development of the Springfield site is necessary in order to provide the best quality of care for those using our services and therefore the Board will be urgently considering the possibility of an appeal against this decision.’
Patel Taylor knocked back on Springfield Hospital site