A NEW health campus, which will train the next generation of medical professionals, has been proposed for Southampton.

Based at Adanac Park, Nursling, the site will be mainly used by University Hospital Southampton, as well as other health groups in the area, to deliver “world class healthcare services” as well as educate hospital and nursing home staff.

Plans also include a permanent 1,000-space park and ride facility that will serve employees of the hospital. That application was accepted by Test Valley Borough Council members on Tuesday night.

As reported, a planning application for a four-year parking facility was recently submitted for the neighbouring site.

But these new proposals, which have yet to be formally submitted, will take over after that lease finishes. The hospital says it hopes that the scheme will ease congestion at and around the hospital site and deter parking in neighbouring residential roads.

Nael Clarke, commercial director at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We want to ensure that every visitor to UHS has a stress-free and positive journey to the campus and, through the development of a new park and ride facility at Adanac Park, we believe we can make that ambition a reality.

“As well as providing a convenient, quality facility for our staff, the scheme has the potential to free up more onsite parking for patients and visitors.

“We hope the community will come along to view our plans and have their say on the future of the project.”

More than 10,000 staff, patients and visitors walk through the doors at the hospital sites every day, placing a “high demand on its infrastructure and parking provision”, says the trust.