Congestion fear for PDH regeneration
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.