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Tuesday, April 04, 2024

Housebuilders sought for development at Coldeast Hospital

The search is on for a high quality developer to transform a former Hampshire hospital site as part of nationwide programme to bring surplus NHS land back into productive use.

National regeneration agency English Partnerships, took ownership of the Coldeast Hospital site in Lock Heath near Fareham last April, as part of a portfolio of 96 sites across the country. It is now looking for a housebuilder to help create a high quality development of around 150 new homes.

Part of the site currently has planning consent for 150 homes. Around 25% of these are expected to be affordable. Further homes may be available for first time buyers via a shared equity scheme.

Some of the derelict hospital buildings on this site are set to be demolished, but English Partnerships will be ensuring the preservation of locally listed buildings such as the stable block, dairy cottage, cart shed and the pillars at the two main gateways to the site.

In addition, the community hall currently used by a local scouting group will be refurbished and transferred to Fareham Borough Council. A contribution will also be made to local bus services as a result of an agreement with the local authority.
English Partnerships is also marketing the remaining part of the site that does not have planning permission, including The Mansion House.

The agency is currently in discussions with Fareham Borough Council to explore the future for this part of the site, including the preservation of The Mansion House and woodland areas.

David Warburton, Area Director for English Partnerships said, "The redevelopment of this site offers a great opportunity to increase the supply of good quality housing, particularly affordable housing, in this desirable location and we are looking for a developer to work with us to create a new community which is sensitive to the local surroundings."

The new homes on the site will be built to English Partnerships high standards of quality and design. They will also need to meet EcoHomes standards of "very good" or above. Interested developers have until 1 June to submit their proposals for the Coldeast Hospital site.