Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Huge Hospital Development Will Swamp Us, Say Residents

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Huge Hospital Development Will Swamp Us, Say Residents

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Byline: NEIL MILLARD

A MULTI-MILLION pound scheme to transform a notorious south London mental hospital has caused outrage in the community.

Campaigners have opposed Springfield Hospital's plans for the new development which includes 1,200 new flats, a new mental health care complex, shops, offices, restaurants, bars and a primary school.

They claim the scheme, which South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has submitted to Wandsworth Council, will swamp the area with up to 3,000 new residents.

The hospital gained notoriety after a series of break-outs, including one in

September 2004, when escaped paranoid schizophrenic John Barrett stabbed cyclist Dennis Finnegan to death in Richmond Park. In November last year two men, including one facing a murder trial, absconded. One was accused of two knifepoint robberies during his week-long absence.

Campaigners will tomorrow submit a 2,000-strong petition to the council opposing the development. …

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