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Land purchase agreed by James Paget Hospital for Potter’s Field

21 March 2024

A group of nine people stand on Potter's Field at the back of our hospital. The ground is mud and grass stretching back across the open field. The group - eight men and one woman, several of them wearing suits - stand in front of a yellow mechanical digger. The sky is blue with white clouds behind them and various trees and bushes are visible at the field boundary. 

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has completed acquisition of land near its current site that will be used for vital enabling works ahead of construction of a new hospital, due to open in 2030.

With the support of partners Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Allotment Association, the James Paget has purchased Potter’s Field, a plot of land to the west of its current estate.

Potter’s Field, next to the site of the Allotments on Woodfarm Lane and behind the solar panels on the James Paget site, will be initially used to create over 350 temporary car parking spaces for staff working at the hospital.

A photograph of Potter's Field - the top half of the photo is blue sky with white clouds, the bottom half is a muddy field with grass patches. A flat bed truck and a yellow earth mover are on the field on the left hand side and wire fencing is visible on the right hand side of the image. In the far distance you can see solar panels.

The additional parking spaces will provide urgently needed parking on site for staff, relocating parking spaces that have been moved through the estates work currently taking place across the main hospital site in the creation of the new concept ward, diagnostic and imaging facilities, and theatre space.

The hospital’s contractors have begun work on preparing the land of Potter’s Field to create a surface for the temporary parking facilities. This land will also be utilised for long-term enabling works ahead of the James Paget’s plans for a new hospital to the west of its current site.

Mark Flynn, Director of Strategic Projects for the James Paget, said: “The hospital is very grateful to the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Allotment Association and its members for helping us acquire Potter’s Field, and their work with us in understanding the vision for our new hospital for local communities.”

“We continue to work closely with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to follow planning processes in developing our ‘masterplan’ for a new hospital, and to acquire additional land to the rear of our current site where elements and buildings within the new hospital estate will be located.”

Michael Horton, Head of Property and Asset Management at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “We will continue to work with the James Paget as a key partner in the development of the new hospital, and through the planning application processes. We are pleased to conclude the sale of the Potter’s Field site, which will allow important enabling work to begin.”

Donna Miller, Chair of the Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Allotment Association, said: “We are happy that an outcome has been reached for James Paget Hospital to acquire the Potter’s Field site. On behalf of our allotment members, we have engaged with the hospital to understand the vision for the future new hospital, and how Potter’s Field will be used in moving the project forward and are happy to have been involved with something that ultimately will benefit the whole community.”

Work has begun on the Potter’s Field site to prepare and create car parking facilities for staff at the hospital, with 376 spaces in total being created in two phases – phase 1 will build 220 spaces, and phase 2 will deliver a further 156 spaces.

Our photo top shows James Paget Hospital and Gorleston & Great Yarmouth Allotment Association at the Potter’s Field site (left to right) Mark Flynn, Director of Strategic Projects, JPUH; Jonathan Barber, Deputy CEO, JPUH; Steven Balls, Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities; Diane Goodwin, Operations Director - Future Paget Programme, JPUH; Harry Hicks, Project Manager – Future Paget Programme, JPUH; Jim Hackett, Programme Director – Future Paget Programme, JPUH; Richard Varvel, Project Manager – Estates, JPUH; Alan Peace, GGYAA; David Cardall, GGYAA.

An aerial photograph of the James Paget site with three areas to the back of the hospital marked.  Potters Field is immediately behind the solar panels and is marked as site 2. Site 1 is marked into two parts - 'A' which is our helicopter landing area and 'B' which is our back car park.