Planning process begins for new Lanarkshire hospital

NHS Lanarkshire has revealed that its vision for a replacement University Hospital Monklands has marked a key milestone with the start of the process to seek planning permission.

The health board announced it will hold a public consultation in March before submitting a planning application for its proposal to build the new hospital at Wester Moffat on the outskirts of Airdrie.

A Proposal of Application Notice, submitted to North Lanarkshire Council, includes an outline of the pre-application consultation. It also has information on the ‘eye-catching’ Wester Moffat setting, proposed as the home to a new hospital that is set to be tailored by architects to the ‘scenic’ landscape to provide ‘spectacular views and a healing natural environment’.

Monklands replacement project director Graeme Reid said, “The project team is absolutely delighted that the planning process is under way, marking another important step forward on the exciting journey to a new hospital for Lanarkshire. The fantastic input of stakeholders has been crucial to the project so far and we look forward to engaging with the community on the plans for the ultra-modern new hospital as we progress through the planning process.”