On 30 Aug representatives from Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council, from a local Planning Action Group, and from Sciennes Primary School Parent Council met with NHS Lothian staff to hear about plans for redevelopment of the current Royal Hospital for Sick Children Site. Childrens’ services move in 2018 to Little France.
We heard that NHS Lothian have appointed planning and (separately) property marketing advisors. They propose to advertise the RHSC site (all as one site) this autumn, and hope to have a prospective buyer by Christmas 2016. The prospective developer will then start the formal pre-application notice (PAN) process and prepare a planning application.
NHS Lothian is keen to start community engagement now. The planning advisor will prepare a ‘pre-application position statement’ over the next few months laying out i) formal planning constraints, ii) heritage considerations (listed buildings, conservation area etc.) and iii) community views. This will be used as one tool to assess bids for the site.
The hospital will move in spring 2018 and continues to operate as normal till then. Re-development by the developer (whoever they are) will not take place till after then.
To find out more come along to a Public Meeting on Tu 13 Sep at the Church of the German Speaking Congregation in Chalmers Crescent. This meeting will be at 7:30pm and will be co-hosted by the Planning Action Group for the Sick Kids Site and by Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council. NHS Lothian will attend to provide a short summary of the engagement exercises they intend to provide in relation to the pre-planning application stage - and to answer questions. Representatives from PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) and from a community planning consultancy will also be present.
Updates will continue to be posted at this MSCC blog.