Local community and wildlife to benefit from RNOH redevelopment proposals
New areas of woodland and open space and enhancements to habitats for birds, mammals and reptiles will be key features of the RNOH's redevelopment.
The redevelopment will see the site transformed to create a more environmentally sustainable landscape, including improved access to high quality open spaces and a multi-story car park which will end the current ad hoc and haphazard car parking arrangements.
RNOH Chief Executive Rob Hurd said: “Our team has worked closely with independent experts throughout the planning application process to ensure plans are in place that safeguard and enhance habitats for wildlife and build on our unique natural setting for the benefit of patients and the public in future. We have worked closely with the London Borough of Harrow’s planning advisors throughout the process and we are grateful for their advice.”
The RNOH has marked out routes for new footpaths and cycle ways through the grass and woodland and there will also be new facilities for children in a revitalised natural environment.
Precautions are in place to safeguard and enhance habitats for wildlife during the construction phase. Habitat creation and expansion will bring benefits to bats, badgers, birds, amphibians, reptiles, Southern wood ants and will also allow for a greater diversity of species. New roosting opportunities will be provided for bats and habitats for the Southern wood ant will be protected during construction; the Southern wood ant population will increase as a result of the redevelopment.
Building work is expected to begin later this year.