The hospital plans to build on-site staff accommodation amid a housing crisis

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Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) have submitted a preliminary application to Cornwall Council for plans to build staff accommodation at Treliske.

Early options were presented to council before a formal planning application was made.

The documents submitted show that the living quarters are used by hospital staff “usually for periods of between six and twelve months”.

The development would consist primarily of self contained one bedroom units with the potential for some two bed units.

A multi-storey car park with 185 parking spaces is planned as the building site next to the pharmacy technology building of the clinic.

Documents state that the site would act as a buffer between the hospital campus and the Langarth Garden Village development.

Two options were presented to the council – one shows multiple buildings with three-story housing that would have 66 units.

The second option designates several blocks with up to four floors and 104 residential units.

Health and hospital chiefs have previously revealed that housing costs in Cornwall are affecting the ability to hire and retain staff.

You told how some people accepted a job but then had to change their mind because they could not find suitable, affordable housing.

As a result, health foundations have increasingly attempted to provide their own accommodation for staff to use.

In November, the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust received planning permission to build six units in Redruth for staff use.

And RCHT previously backed plans to build special housing for key workers on a site near Truro Hospital.

Roberta Fuller, director of hospital reconfiguration at RCHT, wrote in support of the proposals.

In her letter, she explained: “In the post-Covid period, when our NHS staff are all extremely tired after doing what they can to support the Cornish community through three waves of infection for over a year, the extra is The burden of finding, securing and maintaining a place to live certainly impacts our local workforce.

“In addition, long-haul ‘weekly commuters’ from Devon and beyond are beginning to struggle to find short-term accommodation to continue working at the Foundation without relocating entirely.

“The housing problem is not just finding affordable housing for students and younger workers; Many of our qualified and trained medical and nursing staff are in the middle of life with children, pets and large families to consider.

“Finding affordable long-term accommodation for families has become even more difficult since the Covid lockdown with the subsequent rise in property prices in Cornwall.”

And she added: “Our local NHS staff working in acute care need to live a reasonable distance from Royal Cornwall Hospital as they need to visit the physical workplace to provide clinical care.

“They are being pushed out of the market by city workers who are now better able to work remotely.”

To view the plans, search for application number PA23/00038/PREAPP.

Photo credit: Richard Whitehouse, Reporter for Local Democracy

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