THE NHS has denied claims that an application to fell a number of trees at a hospital site is a precursor to building new homes at a hospital in Portsmouth.
Concerns over the future of St James’ Hospital in Milton, were raised after the plans were submitted by NHS Property Services.
Responding, an NHS official said the application was submitted after safety fears over the trees had been raised by councillors and residents.
She added the NHS was keen to work with the community and had no wish to remove the trees.
But she said: ‘We took independent professional advice and the experts recommended the works that are required to these dead or diseased trees to ensure that the site and surrounding properties are safe.
‘We therefore have a duty to follow these directions.
‘This is unrelated to any other planning or development matters regarding the St James’ Hospital site.’