NHS Trust pulls out of talks over 1,000 new homes in Hellesdon

The Hellesdon Hospital site had been allocated for potentially around 300 new homes.

The Hellesdon Hospital site had been allocated for potentially around 300 new homes. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2009

A review of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's (NSFT) assets has led to it pulling out of talks with the developers of up to 1,000 homes in Hellesdon.

The Hellesdon Hospital site had been allocated for potentially around 300 new homes in Broadland District Council's Site Allocations Development Plan, but there are no formal schemes in the pipeline.

After launching an Asset and Options review for the site, the trust has abandoned talks with Persimmon until the review is complete.

Revised plans for highways improvements around Drayton High Road and Hospital Lane have now been submitted by Persimmon, and will be considered by councillors next month.

Approval had been given in June for up to 1,000 new homes to be built on the site of the Royal Norwich Golf Club (RNGC), which plans to move to Weston Park.

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Martin Davidson, land director for Persimmon Homes Anglia said: 'The NHS trust has advised that they are currently unable to complete any formal agreement regarding the delivery of the associated highway works as previously designed to meet the implications of the developments of both the RNGC and the Hellesdon Hospital site.'

Leigh Howlett, NSFT's director of strategy and resources, said: 'The trust is appropriately looking at all of its estate to ensure our buildings are fit for purpose, accessible and are appropriate environments for our service users and staff.

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'This includes the top half – or upper plateau – of the Hellesdon Hospital site, which is primarily used for corporate services and has large areas of disused land.

'This does not include the middle and lower plateaus of the hospital site, where clinical services are provided.

'Persimmon and other developers have discussed with us what our plans for the land might be, especially in light of the development taking place on the neighbouring golf course site.

'However, nothing formal has been agreed and, at this point in time, there are no agreed plans to sell the upper plateau land, nor are there any agreed plans for how we might use this part of our site more efficiently in the future.'

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