Submitted hospital plans show space for 980 cars

Plans submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council for the new £200 million regional hospital at the Garroch roundabout outside Dumfries show there will be room for 980 cars.

The plans, submitted jointly by Dumfries and Galloway Council and successful bidder High Wood Health, are being recommended for approval by the authority when they are consideredat next Tuesday’s planning meeting.

Works to the roundabout giving access to the site of the 350-bed hospital have already begun, with part having been finished ahead of schedule.

But the plans were met with six objections from residents in the Dumfries area, most concerned about the increase in traffic at the site and a concern for pedestrians walking between the hospital and the nearby Kilnford Barns farm shop.

One objection called for a reduction in speed on the 60mph road adjacent.

The hospital will sit on a 20-hectare site ande will comprise of the hospital itself plus car park, helidpad, staff residences, an energy centre, internal road network and 88 cycle spaces.

It is projected that work will begin on the buildings early next year with the first patients arriving in spring 2018.

Council planners will recommend next week that the scheme goes ahead “unconditionally”.