ePetition details

We ask HCC to offer the former Radlett Airfield site in Park Street to West Herts Hospital Trust to build a new A&E Hospital for West Herts

We the undersigned petition the County Council to West Herts needs a new purpose built and more accessible A&E Hospital to serve a fast growing and ageing population. The former Radlett Airfield is in ideal location to serve all of West Herts with its excellent access to the M25, M1 and A1(M) and both the Thameslink line and Watford Junction - St Albans Abbey line passing close to the site.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to use the land for something that would benefit everyone in Hertfordshire.

Started by: Deborah Jeffery (Andrew Love)

This ePetition ran from 05/06/2018 to 31/10/2018 and has now finished.

147 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Hertfordshire County Council acknowledges that there are strong feelings about the future of the former Radlett Airfield site in Park Street. The County Council’s policy, established back in 2016, is that we have a strong preference not to see a change in the current green belt status of this land or to dispose of it.

However, we recognise that there may be circumstances in which the County Council could be legally obliged to dispose of the land. For that reason we welcomed suggestions for alternative uses for the site which would secure value at least equivalent to the value of the land if used for a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange

If planning permission was to be granted for the hospital proposal and the County Council was to dispose of the site, it could be considered along with any other proposals which also have planning permission.

However, we understand that in June 2017 the Herts Valleys CCG board approved West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s strategic outline case (SOC) and financial case for redevelopment of existing hospital sites at Watford General Hospital and St Albans City Hospital. The SOC is currently with NHS regulators for consideration.

On this basis, the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust would not need this site and your request for Hertfordshire County Council to offer the site to the Trust would not be appropriate, as there is currently no planning basis for it.