Mystery over former hospital site buyer

Mystery surrounds the future of a redundant Victorian hospital complex in Norfolk after health officials revealed that they were close to completing its sale.

Mystery surrounds the future of a redundant Victorian hospital complex in Norfolk after health officials revealed that they were close to completing its sale.

Thetford Cottage Hospital was placed on the open market earlier this summer with a £350,000 price tag after it was made surplus to requirements by the town's new £4.5m healthy living centre.

A “sold - subject to contract” sign has now appeared outside the 19th century building, in Earls Street, but its current owners, Norfolk Primary Care Trust (PCT), yesterday remained tight-lipped about who the potential buyer was.

The site of just under half-an-acre was advertised as an “excellent” opportunity for redevelopment.

In a statement David Stonehouse, director of finance at Norfolk PCT, said: “A potential buyer has been identified for the cottage hospital. However, due to the commercial sensitivities of the transaction, the PCT is unable to provide any further information at this time.”

The health facility was built in the late 1800s and was given to the people of Thetford by the Fison family and William Gentry and was one of the first hospitals in the country to house an x-ray machine.

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