Posted by: swinemoor | March 9, 2011

BBC Humberside Interview

Karen Knapton, Chair of the NHS East Riding of Yorkshire, has been exploiting the ‘ground breaking’ ceremony at Swinemoor Lane this week, giving interviews to anyone willing to listen. The BBC Humberside website has the story, but is it the whole story?

In the BBC interview, Karen Knapton says The way that we’ve designed [the facility] is to tone in with the environment. Hogwash! The view over the fields of Swinemoor, that has essentially remained the same for over 400 years, will be completely destroyed. This was an area that was described by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2005 as ‘a high quality landscape’ yet the council chose to ignore their own planning policies (E10) and ‘direct’ the PCT to this site in 2008. Why?

Karen Knapton goes on to say ‘Patients will be able to look out onto the green fields’. Presumably these are the same green fields that the people of Swinemoor USED to look out upon. I’m sure the residents in this deprived part of Beverley will enjoy a view of the hospital instead, after all it is in tone with the environment….

Sloppy use of puntuation by the BBC journalist in the next paragraph makes it impossible to determine whether these were Karen Knapton’s exact words, however, the article does say that Development of the £19 million facility was delayed when protected Great Crested newts were discovered on the site, which were subsequently trapped and removed. As has been stated before on this blog, it was the determination of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the PCT to run roughshod over planning regulations in order to build a hospital on this site that led to this situation. Had the council insisted on an Environmental Impact Assessment and adequate surveying in accordance with published caselaw and planning guidance, this would never have happened.

As to the newt fencing remaining up in the future, NSH will need to check the terms in the PCT’s European Protected Species licence, which they obtained from Natural England. Watch this space.


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  1. […] BBC Humberside Interview (via Beverley/Swinemoor Hospital Blog) Posted on March 9, 2011 by npb1 Karen Knapton, Chair of the NHS East Riding of Yorkshire, has been exploiting the 'ground breaking' ceremony at Swinemoor Lane this week, giving interviews to anyone willing to listen. The BBC Humberside website has the story, but is it the whole story? In the BBC interview, Karen Knapton says The way that we've designed [the facility] is to tone in with the environment. Hogwash! The view over the fields of Swinemoor, that has essentially remaine … Read More […]


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