Hospital 'will ensure environmental impact is minimal' after redevelopment plans criticised (From Harrow Times)
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Royal National Orthopeadic Hospital responds to criticism that redevelopment proposals could increase traffic
A Stanmore hospital planning major redevelopment has pledged to ensure the impact on the landscape and wildlife is minimised.
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital’s proposals have been criticised by residents and conservationists because they could increase traffic in Wood Lane, endangering wild animals.
An application by the hospital to demolish and replace much of its site is due to be considered by Harrow Borough Council tonight.
Harrow Nature Conservation Forum wants the hospital's main entrance to remain in Brockley Hill to protect grass snakes, toads, badgers and deer that cross Wood Lane to Pear Wood.
Neighbours complained proposals would increase noise and the loss of trees would damage the character of the area.
The hospital says more than half of its buildings are more than 60 years old and many wards were originally designed for temporary use.
Rob Hurd, the hospital’s chief executive, said: “Our team has worked closely with independent experts throughout the planning application process to ensure the impact of our proposals on the landscape and natural habitats is minimised and precautions are in place to safeguard and enhance habitats for wildlife.
“Subject to planning approval, we will take on board all further feedback and will consider addressing any concerns as part of the detailed design process.”
Harrow Council's planning committee will debate the proposals at Harrow Civic Centre in Station Road today at 7.30pm.