Wythenshawe community invited to comment on major hospital redevelopment plans

News posted 3 December, 2020

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Exciting proposals to transform the Wythenshawe Hospital site to deliver ambitious community regeneration opportunities are now available for public consultation.

Manchester City Council, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) are working together on a vision for a new sustainable health campus at Wythenshawe Hospital.

MFT is working with property company Bruntwood on the redevelopment proposals, which seek to transform the site and create a campus with excellent healthcare facilities in an environment that is welcoming to everyone.

The project will provide a focal point for the local community, with connected health and social care facilities, high quality new homes and green travel options, plus access to education and training opportunities alongside more inviting public open spaces.

The transformational development will bring positive change for the community, creating new jobs, promoting healthy lifestyles, developing skills and contributing to a zero-carbon environment for the benefit of local neighbourhoods and the wider city.

The proposals are contained within a draft ‘Strategic Regeneration Framework’ (SRF) document. This has each received initial endorsement by Manchester City Council’s Executive and the next step is to consult local people to help shape the final SRF plans.

The public consultation is open to all stakeholders, including:

  • Hospital staff, patients and visitors
  • Local residents, businesses and organisations
  • Elected & community representatives, the wider public
  • The voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

The Wythenshawe Hospital consultation runs from Monday 30th November to Friday 29th January. Details of how to get involved are available at https://mft.nhs.uk/future-wythenshawe-hospital , and virtual information events will be held on 10th and 14th December and 14th January.  Feedback can also be sent by email, Freepost and telephone with details provided on the website.

Sir Michael Deegan, Chief Executive of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed the latest stage of the ambitious hospital redevelopment plans: “This is an exciting step forwards for Wythenshawe Hospital and the surrounding community. We are delighted to be able to involve local people in shaping the radical plans to transform the site and provide health and care services fit for the 21st century.  The employment, housing and economic opportunities these projects will bring are also fundamental to generating long term growth and prosperity for Wythenshawe.”

MFT is also working with its partners on plans for a new sustainable health campus at North Manchester General Hospital, which will be at the heart of the local community.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Both hospitals at opposite ends of our city represent two key elements of our Economic Recovery Strategy – our plan to ensure the city can not only return to pre-Covid levels of prosperity, but build on our strengths and encourage inclusive economic growth that works for our residents.

“At the heart of these developments are highly ambitious hospital improvement projects to deliver excellent health care to the communities they serve. But equally as important is the regeneration opportunities that will be realised as part of these developments – including new housing in North Manchester – that will set these projects apart.”