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New expo to showcase proposed improvements at Hull Royal Infirmary and the surrounding area

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A weekend exhibition is taking place to showcase new proposals for Hull Royal Infirmary as Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust seeks to develop new healthcare facilities as part of wider plans to improve the surrounding area.

The event is taking place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 April from 10am – 4pm at the Trinity Market in Hull city centre.

The trust has partnered with Hull City Council to seek people’s views on the initial draft plans, whether as a user of the hospital, a local resident, a landowner, or whether you have any interest in the future of this area.

Plans are being drawn up for the development of new, purpose-built inpatient wards that will replace the outdated wards in the Hull Royal Infirmary tower block. The plans also involve re-purposing some of the vacated space in the tower block for non-clinical use. The trust has submitted an application for a significant allocation of capital funding to enable these developments to go ahead.

The proposed programme could open up opportunities for new developments on the current Argyle Street car park, such as new housing for hospital staff or a multi-storey car park. Proposals also suggest that, over the next 15 years, the nature of the Anlaby Road area could change significantly, making the route greener and more environmentally friendly to make it more attractive to users, encouraging more staff and visitors to travel other than by car.

The trust is working with the council to prepare a masterplan that looks to the future of this part of Anlaby Road and ensures that development happens in a planned and co-ordinated way. Traffic impacts will be assessed and provision for parking will be agreed. The masterplan will then be used in support of funding bids to central government and for the submission of planning applications.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive Chris Long and Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council, issued a joint statement about the proposals, commenting: “This programme is an important part of improving healthcare for local people, so that is why your NHS and local authority are working together in partnership.

“The masterplan will be underpinned by funding from central government. This will help us to achieve significant and much needed investment in healthcare provision, serving people that live in the city and beyond. Our key objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of people in our communities, ensuring that any development is visually, environmentally and user friendly.”

The draft masterplan is available to view by following the link from the council web page.

Please submit your views using the form linked on the website here, or simply write to HRI Masterplan, Hull City Council Planning Services, The Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, HU1 2AA, or email: dev.control@hullcc.gov.uk. Please do so by Monday 2 May 2022.

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