New hospital approved for Dumfries

How the new infirmary will look
How the new infirmary will look

Plans for a new hospital in Dumfries to replace the current Infirmary have been approved this week, allowing work to progress on the £200 million development.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s planning authority gave the thumbs up to the 350-bed facility destined for land at the Garroch Roundabout, just off the A75 at the bottom of The Glen on Wednesday.

The new site will offer parking for almost 1000 cars, 100 staff residences, a helipad and energy centre.

A region-wide consultation had been carried out with many residents responding to ask for the hospital in a more central location such as Castle Douglas.

However, the chosen site is agreed by most as an improvement from the hospital’s current location which is only accesible by going through Dumfries, which can be hectic at busy times and cause delays for many in need of urgent care.

Five objections had been received by the council against the plans, mostly from nearby residents who feared for overflow parking along the Glen Road as well as a significant increase in traffic movements along what is currently a quiet, low-use stretch.

But the planning authority agreed with a report by case officer Patrick Hanna which said that “the development of a new regional hospital in Dumfries offers improved access to health provision for the regiola community and supports development of the local economy and a wider regeneration for Dumfries.”