Major redevelopment plans for a mental health hospital in south London have been turned down by the local authority following strong opposition from the community.
Along with proposals for upgraded “state-of-the-art” facilities at Springfield Hospital in Tooting, the planning application included an outline for 1,200 homes, a public park, a primary school and a care home.
Leslie McDonnell, chairman of Wandsworth Council’s planning committee, said councillors’ concerns centred on a potential increase in congestion and the intrusive height of the proposed buildings.
“The principle of development on this site is not at issue but the scale of what is being proposed is simply too vast,” he said.
Trust to revise plans
Judy Wilson is interim chief executive of South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, which is behind the plans.
She expressed disappointment at the decision, but said: “We will work with councillors, the local MP and local residents to deliver a scheme which has their support.”