PLANS for a new, 24-bed inpatient ward at Salisbury Hospital have been submitted.
The Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has submitted the application to Dorset Council, which would see the new ward built on the current site, in Odstock Road.
It would see a new, two-storey building constructed in place of two older, single-storey wings, as well as some small green spaces on the current hospital site.
The plan comes after the Trust secured government funding for the wing, which must now be completed before March 2024 in a bid to address Covid backlogs in care.
“The site is located within the central part of the existing Salisbury District Hospital site and there is a high degree of visual containment from the existing hospital buildings,” the application said.
“There would be a slight loss in the overall area of external green space as a result of the proposed development, although this would be offset by the replacement of aging and slightly dilapidated buildings with a new, purpose built hospital ward.”
Planning firm Stephenson Halliday, which has submitted the application on behalf of the Trust, said the new wing would not impact on views, except for those already on the site.
“The only notable effects on views would occur for users of the hospital site itself, including those visiting, living and working there, and for recreational users of byway BRIT16 which passes through the hospital site to the east of the proposed development,” the application said.
“There would be no notable effects on landscape and visual receptors or designated landscapes outside of the Salisbury District Hospital,”
People can now comment on the application until December 2, before it is considered by Dorset Council planners.
For more details, log on to wiltshire.gov.uk, and search for reference PL/2022/08225.