Planning brings emergency treatment closer.

Emergency medical services for people in Auckland’s far south have come a step closer with Babbage planners completing the resource consent process for a new private hospital.

Pukekohe is without hospital emergency services after an accident and emergency facility closed last year, meaning residents must travel to Middlemore Hospital in Otahuhu or Waikato Hospital in Hamilton.

Babbage Consultants National Planning Lead Vishal Chandra said the consenting process for the hospital had been complex because the proposal evolved from its initiation as a medical centre to a private hospital and later to include accident and emergency services.

“The planning approvals are now in place, the next step is for the consent holders to get building consent and for construction to start.” 

Vishal, who project-managed the planning consent process, said that the hospital also contains surgical units, operating theatres, dental services and facilities for plastic surgery, as well as offices, a pharmacy, café, consulting rooms and wards.

The Babbage planners accommodated not just the variations to the hospital but also the requirements of Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Watercare, mana whenua groups, and other users of the site.

“Every change to the proposal affected the consent and it was a complex process but having approvals in place and undergoing a non-notified process is a great outcome” he said.

Babbage Consultants Planning group have been working hard to bring an emergency medical care facility to Pukekohe.