Residents are understandably exasperated at the long delays redeveloping the Ravenscourt Hospital site. Last year squatters invaded.
The Council’s Team Leader Planning Applications tells me:
“Officers have been working with Historic England to encourage the reuse of the former Ravenscourt Park Hospital as a hospital. Planning permission and Listed Building Consent (ref: 2007/04211/FUL and 2007/04212/LBC) have been granted for the refurbishment of the Grade II* listed building to facilitate its use as a private hospital. A certificate of lawfulness has confirmed that these works have been implemented (planning ref: 2015/03600/CLE). The building has had a complex history of ownership issues. Last year there was considerable optimism that the building was close to being occupied again since a private hospital operator was at an advanced stage of discussions with the owners. Unfortunately, late last year we were informed that negotiations between the parties involved had not been successful. It is understood that various legal and property issues are currently in the process of being resolved and that routine repairs are being carried out to the building. Officers will continue to work with the owners of the building to facilitate its reuse and to date they have expressed a clear interest in hospital uses. The reuse of the building as a hospital is considered the most appropriate way to preserve its special architectural and historic interest.”
Insisting on the building being used as a hospital is setting a pretty high hurdle.