Former hospital sold to new developer despite being earmarked for housing

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:16 05 June 2018

The derelict hospital site taken by Mike Davies in 2014.

The derelict hospital site taken by Mike Davies in 2014.

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A derelict former psychiatric hospital, which is due to be redeveloped into dozens of homes, has been sold to a different developer – which hopes to alter the plans.

Barrow Gurney Hospital has been acquired by Linden Homes from Crest Nicholson and Del Piero, who were set to lead an 80-home redevelopment project.

But the blueprints have been handed to Linden Homes, which revealed it plots to make ‘minor changes’ before commencing construction – but would not disclose these to the Times.

However, on website states it hopes to build four and five-bedroom ‘executive-style homes’.

Linden Homes said it is ‘excited’ to lead the development of the site and bring it back into use after sitting empty for more than a decade.

A spokesman told the Times: “We are delighted to have acquired this unique and very exciting site close to Long Ashton and Bristol which has been derelict for 12 years.

“We are currently talking to North Somerset Council about some minor changes and hope to be on site (building) by the end of the year.”

A Barrow Gurney Parish Council statement said it is ‘not sure’ what Linden Homes’ deal spells for the site’s future, but it will ‘keep a close eye on developments’.

More than 120 homes will be created at the former medical facility across two phases, with a 43-home project already in development.

A care village was originally mooted alongside the houses but those plans were scrapped when a deal with a care operator fell through after a similar facility opened nearby.

Crest Nicholson and Del Piero instead won planning permission for 80 homes on the remainder of the site from the North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee 12 months ago after first failing with a bid to build 150 homes

The revised proposal was then described as the ‘better of two evils’ by Cllr Charles Cave, who proposed the plans were approved and received unanimous backing.

But many villagers disagreed with North Somerset’s verdict, fearing the development will exacerbate traffic issues in Barrow Gurney and place additional strain on schools and medical provisions.


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