CPFT set to make formal bid to redevelop site in Cambridge

Application to build houses on Ida Darwin site in Cambridge to be submitted "in next two weeks"

CPFT set to make formal bid to redevelop site in Cambridge
10 February 2017

Planning proposals from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust which will lead to the redevelopment of one of its sites in Cambridge have moved a step forward.

CPFT, the mental health and community care provider, has confirmed that within the next fortnight it aims to submit a formal planning application to build around 200 new homes on the 32-acre Ida Darwin site in Cambridge, which has been earmarked by South Cambridgeshire District Council for new housing.

Money raised from the development of the site will allow the Trust to move in-patient units and teams away from Ida Darwin and invest in upgraded facilities on its next-door Fulbourn site, including new accommodation for CPFT’s three children’s wards.

The confirmation of the outline planning application comes after representatives from the Trust along with Garth Hanlon from planners Savills addressed planning committee councillors from South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The meeting was a chance for councillors to hear about the Trust’s proposals and members asked a number of questions including confirmation of the timescale and the order of the proposed project.

Trust representatives and Mr Hanlon explained that the Ida Darwin site was originally constructed mainly in the 1960s and the site houses three children’s inpatient units - the Croft Child and Family Unit, the Darwin Centre for Young People and the Phoenix Centre - as well as community mental health teams, corporate teams, and conference and training facilities.

But many of the buildings are no longer fit-for-purpose and are increasingly costly for the mental health and community care provider to maintain so investment in modern facilities is required.

The Trust told the committee that the money raised from the development of the site will pay for the Trust to move in-patient units and teams off Ida Darwin and relocate them to new facilities planned for the Fulbourn Hospital site next door.

If approval is granted, and that could take place in about five months, the project would take place over two phases. The first phase could start in about 2018 and involve up to 150 homes. The second would be for up to 53 new homes. The whole project would take about 10 years to complete.

Outside of the meeting, Alison Manton, associate director of estates for CPFT, said: “We believe it was a very positive meeting and we are grateful to the councillors for the opportunity to explain our proposals.

“The next step is to submit the formal planning application which we will do within the next fortnight. The site has been earmarked for redevelopment by the Trust for a number of years and has been allocated in the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan as a future housing site.

“If approved, it will allow the Trust to continue the process of moving our remaining teams and inpatient units to upgraded facilities at our next door site at Fulbourn Hospital. In turn, the Ida Darwin site will be able to be used for housing to meet the needs of the local community.

"Over time we believe this will bring benefits to local residents and will be an important improvement in the standards of both care for our patients. We are very proud of our links to the Fulbourn area and we will continue to seek the views of local residents in any future plans.”

In November, the Trust held a drop-in event in Fulbourn to allow local residents the chance to have their say on the proposals.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media and Marketing Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 07893 340795

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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