New health hub hopes for Hemel Hempstead as planning bid is submitted

Brindley House in Corner Hall, Hemel Hempstead, could become a health services facility if planning permission is granted.
Brindley House in Corner Hall, Hemel Hempstead, could become a health services facility if planning permission is granted.

Hemel Hempstead could soon be home to a brand new health hub if a planning application submitted by a county NHS trust gets the green light.

The proposal – which would see office block Brindley House in Corner Hall, close to the town centre, transformed into the new facility – has been submitted to Dacorum Borough Council for consideration.

The unit would be run by the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and could provide mental health and learning disability services for adults and children. It would incorporate services already run in and around the town, including the Marlowes Health Centre, and the Gossoms End facility in Berkhamsted.

The planning statement reads: “The Trust is reconfiguring its estate to ensure that facilities are in the most appropriate locations, and are of the correct size and standards to support the new ways of working.

“The proposal would bring this building back into active use, to the benefit of the local economy and the local community, and would provide a high quality community health care facility in a very accessible and highly sustainable location.”

This would mean Brindley House, if converted, would become the main hub for mental health and disability learning services in West Herts, with nearby centres in Tring and St Albans being supporting ‘spokes’.

The target date for a decision on the proposal is next month.