Bid signals start of hospital building project
WORK on a new car park at Yeovil District Hospital could be under way by October.
A planning application has been submitted for a temporary car park at the hospital, spelling the start of a major building project set to include a brand-new "health campus" and multi-storey car park.
Senior management at the hospital announced plans to redevelop just more than an acre of land opposite the main building on Higher Kingston in January.
Now the first phase of the plans has been submitted to South Somerset District Council.
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It includes the demolition of four buildings on the site and the creation of a temporary car park in their place, with space for up to 157 vehicles.
If approved, the application will see the demolition of former doctors' accommodation at Cheverton House.
Two bungalows will also be knocked down and the new space will be used to create short-term parking space.
A spokesman said the hospital hopes to get the go-ahead from the district council next month ready for building work to start in October.
Demolition works should be finished by January with the temporary car park completed by March next year.
The land is set to be redeveloped further under plans to build a health campus focussing on community services and a multi-storey car park on the site. These are expected to be the subject of a future planning application.