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Update: Development Of Springfield Park

Alder Hey Children's HospitalAlder Hey remains committed to continuing the development of Springfield Park as originally intended and honour all its commitments. Feedback gathered during a week long consultation event in Springfield Park in 2015 helped shape the plans for a new Springfield Park. The park will retain its previous area of nine hectares.

To keep our promise of improving access to the park by users from the hospital and the local community, Springfield Park will be reshaped with clear green access routes to Alder Road, Eaton Road and improved access to the Liverpool Loop Line. Any buildings involved in these plans will not impact on the promised reinstated parkland. They will be in addition and will help to make the park a safe and welcoming space.

In summary the Trust intends to demolish the old hospital buildings over the next two years and proposes (subject to planning permission) to replace it with:

  • A world class park, restoring and uplifting the old Springfield Park and retaining its previous area of nine hectares. It is intended to place this Park into local community ownership and make it a centrepiece for our programmes of health and activity aimed at improving health and wellbeing for children in Liverpool.
  • A housing development at the Alder Road edge of the site to provide activity and oversight of the park on its northern fringe.
  • Alder Hey buildings on the Eaton Road fringe to house the administrative and research teams still located in the old buildings (and allow the Park to be cleared of the old hospital) and a new centre to house the Alder Centre for bereaved parents and families.

The plans have always formed the core idea for the future of the site and we have been discussing them with local residents, schools and community groups over the past couple of years.

We believe the creation of the new Park and the associated developments will provide a real boost for the local area and focus for our health promotion activities.

Your comments

  • Follow up on your original proposal

  • When was the housing development for Alder Road first raised, as I cannot recall it being in the initial plans. Also, as a local resident, I nor any of my neighbours have been involved in any consultation process, although I attended a number of meetings regarding the building of the new site.

    Please reply

  • There has never in any of you previous communications been any mention of a housing development. You have always stated that the old hospital grounds would form a revised park.
    It is supposed to be a hospital in a park not a hospital in a housing estate.

  • I am a local resident living within 200 yards of the proposed housing development. This is the first I have heard of a housing development on the site! Nobody has mentioned it before let alone discussed it with local residents that I am aware of.

  • Why not publish a simple plan to demonstrate how you are retaining the original park size. Also publish where 400 houses were ever mentioned in any consultation document, if there had of been any mention of this before the hospital was moved you would not have received planning permission. At this moment in time the community of West Derby feels betrayed by the Trust.

  • I am shocked and horrified by the hospital’s proposal. West Derby has lost so much green space already and the plans you have announced will destroy the character of the area. We were promised PARKLAND on the old hospital site. Utterly disgraceful!

  • I am a resident of West Derby and from the plans issued it appears that the ‘green space of nine hectares’ is being made up by calculating the grass borders lining the housing development and not as parkland. I feel this information is intentualy misleading and it insults people’s intelligence.

  • This has put me off buying a house near this area, as it’s something that would make the area even smaller than what it is. I feel sorry for residents, as this whole event has been very misleading, utterly disgraceful!

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