Con­ges­tion fear for PDH re­gen­er­a­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update - By MATTHEW REVILLE

FEARS have been voiced that a ma­jor road in Peter­bor­ough could be left grid­locked if plans to build hun­dreds of homes go ahead.

Up to 550 houses could be built on the cur­rent site of Peter­bor­ough District Hos­pi­tal, in Thorpe Road, af­ter health bosses move the ser­vice to the city’s new “su­per­hos­pi­tal” in Bret­ton, later this year.

But some coun­cil­lors fear that Thorpe Road, which runs into the city cen­tre, could be reg­u­larly blocked dur­ing con­struc­tion work by the sheer num­ber of lor­ries and other ve­hi­cles used by devel­op­ment contractors.

The district hos­pi­tal will close in Novem­ber this year and the 10 hectare site will be used for the con­struc­tion of up to 550 homes plus shops along with cy­cle and pedes­trian routes.

But Councillor Sheila Scott yes­ter­day told mem­bers at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s cabi­net: “I am wor­ried for Thorpe Road dur­ing the pe­riod of re­con­struc- tions.

“This is a very im­por­tant gate­way for the city and if Thorpe Road can­not be ac­cessed I would hope that the de­vel­op­ers have con­tin­gency plans.

“The road works beau­ti­fully at the moment but the im­pact of heavy lor­ries could have a huge im­pact.

“I think this is a re­ally big point. If we don’t make other plans it could cause a real headache for peo­ple try­ing to get into our out of the city cen­tre, and also for peo­ple liv­ing nearby.”

The coun­cil asked pol­icy and strat­egy man­ager Richard Kay to re­port back to them in three months with feed­back to Cllr Scott’s fears over the short-term ef­fects while the re­con­struc­tion work is go­ing on.

Glin­ton and Wit­ter­ing Cllr John Holditch said: “Con­struc­tion work on the Cathe­dral Square works in Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre has caused chaos for the pub­lic when try­ing to park.

“Work­ers parked their cars no mat­ter if there was a space or not. They would pile up all over the place.”

“The hos­pi­tal site is big enough to have park­ing for con­struc­tion work­ers and I would hope that we can help to put that in place.”

Mr Kay said: “I was not aware of any con­cerns for the road ahead of the work.

“How­ever I do not think we are in dis­agree­ment and will be happy to look into this mat­ter.”

De­spite the road con­cerns, mem­bers of the cabi­net were happy to agree to adopt the plans as part of the coun­cil’s Lo­cal Devel­op­ment Frame­work for the city.

The hos­pi­tal site will be put into city coun­cil con­trol by the end of the year.

But there are a num­ber of key fea­tures that the lo­cal author­ity will not be able to change. The­ses are the mental health fa­cil­ity, The Gables, which is a build­ing of Lo­cal Town­scape Merit and must be kept.

The hos­pi­tal’s me­mo­rial wing will also be­come res­i­den­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion for peo­ple aged over 60 and will in­clude shops and doc­tor fa­cil­i­ties.

CON­CERN: Rede­vel­op­ment of Peter­bor­ough District Hos­pi­tal has sparked traf­fic fears.

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