Do we want thousands more luxury homes for overseas investors: or do we want to ensure that the Royal Marsden can continue to expand their world leading cancer research and treatment facilities.
It's a black and white choice..
Please make your views felt to a council which fails to listen to its residents.
From: Kim Howell <firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:38:39 +0000
Cc: 'Joseph Carol'<email@example.com
Subject: Royal Marsden
As you may be aware, the Royal Brompton Hospital is planning a major redevelopment, including selling off a large part of their estate in order to raise money to consolidate and redevelop their Sydney Street premises. The Royal Marsden Hospital has long had an interest in the Fulham Road hospital wing, which is just one portion of the Brompton’s extensive estate and sits between the Royal Marsden and its close academic partner, the Institute of Cancer Research (“the ICR”).
The Royal Brompton wants to redevelop the Fulham Road Wing solely for luxury residential use in order to maximise proceeds for their Foundation Trust. As such, they (and the current Royal Borough “supplementary planning document” or “SPD”) have ignored the needs and repeated requests of the Royal Marsden to acquire the Fulham Road buildings so that they can expand their world-leading cancer research and treatment facilities (which are now at maximum capacity). It is astonishing that the Royal Marsden is not mentioned anywhere in the SPD.
The SPD is now out for consultation with the general public. If you are interested, two public drop in sessions are being hosted by RBKC to give advice to people on how they can respond to the documents. These sessions will be held in the Small Hall of Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 5EE on Saturday 29 March 2014 from 10am to 1pm and on Tuesday 1 April from 6pm to 8pm.
Even if you don’t attend one of these sessions, I urge you to respond to the consultation and, if you see fit, to communicate support for a requirement that the Brompton’s Fulham Road Wing be sold to the Royal Marsden. I am a member of both the Marsden and Brompton Foundation Trusts. And I support the Brompton’s desire to consolidate on one site. However, that doesn’t mean the real needs of other important health providers in our community should be ignored. In order to redevelop the Fulham Road Wing for residential housing, the RBKC must approve a “change of use” which potentially goes against the Royal Borough’s current planning policy. However, unless strong public objections are made, they are currently indicating they will approve the change of use.
The consultation period ends on 10 April, so any comments you may wish to make must be submitted in writing to the RBKC by this date. You can view the Brompton documents and comment on them at www.rbkc.gov.ukroyalbromptonhospital.
Comments can also be sent via email to neighbourhood.planning@rbkc.
Even a short email would be helpful stating the following:
I am a resident of the Royal Borough.
In relation to the Royal Brompton Hospital redevelopment, I am not supportive of a change of use for the Royal Brompton’s Fulham Road Wing. The buildings should not be used for any purpose other than for the expansion of the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research.
If you want more, please find attached a briefing document which the Royal Marsden has prepared.
Also, my wife, Dr Carol Joseph, is the lead governor at the Royal Marsden Foundation Trust and will be more than happy to discuss the situation with you (see her email copied here and our phone number below).
Lastly, I only have a few emails of neighbours. I would ask that you please forward my email to others who live in the Royal Borough so that they also can comment on the plans which will have a major impact on all of us.
Many thanks and very best wishes
13 Evelyn Gardens
0207 244 6642