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Plans for new school and health centre on Dulwich Hospital site get go ahead

Southwark Council's Planning Committee has given the go ahead for a new healthcare centre and community secondary school to be built on the Dulwich Community Hospital site. The committee approved the plans at its meeting on 11 October 2016.

The new health centre will provide a range of primary care, children's services, some diagnostics, a physiotherapy unit, a renal dialysis unit, community mental health services and services for patients with long term conditions. The plans ensure that the health services that are currently available on the site will continue to be provided there until the new health centre is ready for use.

Dr Roger Durston, NHS Southwark CCG's GP clinical associate for the Dulwich programme said: "I am absolutely delighted that our plans have been approved. We have worked hard to ensure that patients, health professionals and local people have been involved in developing these plans. We are now in a position to bring new and better healthcare services to the local community."

The Charter School East Dulwich is an inclusive community school that opened its doors to students in September 2016 in temporary accommodation in Peckham. On its permanent site, the school will accommodate up to 1,680 pupils aged 11 to 19 and over 180 teachers and support staff. It will be the sister school to the existing Charter School North Dulwich. Both schools are operated by the Charter Schools Educational Trust.

Alex Crossman, Head Teacher of The Charter School East Dulwich, said: "This is a major milestone in the development of our growing school. The children and families served by The Charter School East Dulwich will benefit enormously from the state-of-the-art learning environment that we can now develop on East Dulwich Grove. We look forward to relocating to the heart of our vibrant community."

Cllr Victoria Mills, cabinet member for children and schools, said: "I am delighted that this fantastic new school building has been given the go ahead. The new Charter School East Dulwich is already providing much needed secondary school places as part of our expansion plans but today's news means many more local children can look forward to a brilliant educational experience. I look forward to welcoming them to their new school in 2018."

Although they are two distinct projects, the architects worked together within an overall master plan for the wider site which has been developed by an urban designer/landscape architect. The transport and environmental impacts have been assessed by joint consultants, to understand the impact of both proposals. Planning approval was granted subject to a number of conditions being met by the NHS and the school.

​Following completion of the normal business case approval process with NHS England, it is anticipated that work on the health centre will start in 2017 with the centre opening in 2019.

The plans were developed in partnership by Community Health Partnerships, NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, The Charter Schools Educational Trust and Southwark Council.