HEALTH: Lake and Maitland Hospital builds gain appproval

MORE than $11 million in building work is set to go ahead at two Hunter hospitals.

Meetings of the Joint Regional Planning Panel in the Hunter today approved the $5.3 million extension of Maitland Private Hospital and $6.4 million expansion of Lake Macquarie Private Hospital.

At Maitland the panel approved the new 25-bed and mental health ward and two-storey suite building subject to a condition that the hospital add 33 extra parking spaces to its plans. 

Panel chair Garry Fielding said while the parking plans were above the minimum requirements the panel felt extra spaces were needed.

There were three objections to the proposal that centred on increased traffic, onsite parking, safety with a mental health ward, noise generation and storm water run off.

Maitland City Council recommended the development be approved, which includes changes to the lobby, a new lift, an electrical kiosk and changes to parking to accommodate the new ward.

The panel was also expected to approve plans for construction of a new oncology ward at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital.

The ward will house two radiation therapy machines known as Linear Accelerators housed in two purpose-designed radiation bunkers.

The development includes reception area, consulting room, CT simulator, offices and workstations, staff and interview rooms, utility rooms and storage as well as changes to parking.

The outpatient clinic would employ 31 people and treat up to 85 patients a day.

The proposal was subject to two objections from the public who were concerned about car parking, sound, construction and radiation.

Lake Macquarie City Council recommended the application be approved.

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