CONSULTATION NOW UNDERWAY - Watford Health Campus masterplan unveiled

Watford Health Campus consultation website www.whc-consultation.co.uk

Plans to transform a large area of west Watford into a vibrant, attractive new community (known as the Watford Health Campus) have been unveiled and are available to view until 18 February 2014.

Local residents, businesses and visitors to the town are invited to comment on the new Watford Health Campus masterplan, which gives details of the proposals for the 29 hectares stretching from Watford Hospital, down to the River Colne and Wiggenhall Road.
Watford Health Campus partners - Watford Health Campus Partnership LLP (Watford Borough Council and Kier) and West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (which manages Watford Hospital) - are holding a series of public exhibitions where the masterplan will be available to view and comment on:

• Watford Football Club - Corporate Lounge: Friday 17 January 2014: 1pm - 7pm and Saturday 18 January 2014: 12 noon - 3pm

• Watford Town Hall - Committee Room 2: Thursday 30 January 2014: 10am - 1.30pm

Members of the Watford Health Campus team will be available at the sessions to answer questions on the masterplan and the scheme overall.

Commenting on the masterplan, Dorothy Thornhill MBE, Elected Mayor of Watford said: "The Watford Health Campus partners are delighted that, after months of work by the team, plans are finally ready to share with the community. Over this time, many local people have asked me what they could expect from the Watford Health Campus and it's great news that we now have something people can look at that brings the scheme to life.

"We have been very demanding about what we want to see happen on the site: good quality homes, new business premises to encourage job opportunities, great open spaces with places for people to walk and exercise and the right mix of facilities such as shops, restaurant and cafés. Getting it right is vital for Watford; the scheme will take up to 20 years to deliver but a good masterplan is a great start”.
Samantha Jones, Chief Executive of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We’re delighted to be involved in such an exciting project which will undoubtedly deliver many advantages for the people of west Watford and beyond.
“Watford Hospital is at the centre of the Watford Health Campus and, in time, the plans will offer numerous benefits to our patients, their friends and families and our staff.
“I’d encourage local people to get involved and to help shape the masterplan”.

Phil Woods, Associate Director Kier Project Investment, said: "Following months of planning and preparation work with our partners and consulting teams we are delighted to be able to share the masterplan and vision for the Watford Health Campus with the residents and visitors of Watford. We look forward to hearing their views at this important consultation phase with a view to submitting our planning application shortly thereafter”.

For those who cannot get to an exhibition, the plans can be seen by visiting the dedicated Watford Health Campus consultation website www.whc-consultation.co.uk

Feedback can be also given online through the website.

Additionally, every home in the borough has received a Watford Health Campus feedback form that they can return free of charge to the team or you can follow the scheme on twitter @healthcampus

All the feedback received will be considered before the final masterplan is submitted for approval to Watford Borough Council at the end of February 2014.