Transformation of Hampshire hospital site wins council support
Published date : 24 October 2012
Plans to bring more homes, a hotel and jobs to Fareham’s former Coldeast Hospital site were backed by local councillors on 23 October.
Fareham Borough Council’s Planning Committee approved two planning applications to support the next phase of the regeneration of the 46 ha site in Sarisbury Green.
Site owners the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Miller Homes have secured full planning permission to deliver a high quality, sustainable regeneration scheme that includes:
- 128 new homes on the south east corner of the site, near the entry point off Brook Lane
- The restoration of the historic listed Mansion House which his to be converted into a 27-room hotel and wedding venue with parking for more than 100 guests and staff
- The provision of 22 ha of woodland area and improved footpaths and cycle-ways around the site for recreational use
Outline planning permission was also granted for 40 sheltered housing apartments and the provision of a range of facilities, including a public swimming pool, community centre and meeting room, sports pitches, car parking and allotment space.
The decision gives an important boost for the local economy by providing construction-related employment opportunities and 15 jobs connected with the new hotel. It will also see the area benefit from the provision of more than 80 new affordable homes as part of the development, which includes all the sheltered apartments within the proposal.
As part of the planning agreement, land is to be transferred to the council to support the provision of the improved open space, facilities provided in the outline consent and the delivery of the sheltered accommodation. Partners will also work to agree additional investment in transport facilities, road improvements along the A27 and better routes to Sarisbury Infants School.
Kevin Bourner, HCA Head of Area, said:
“This decision is great news for Fareham. It will bring much needed new and affordable homes to the borough and help restore a historic local building which has been standing empty for 15 years. This is a hugely significant project for us. We have worked closely with local residents and groups to listen to their views about the proposals for this site. They have helped shape the proposal approved by councillors today. In many ways, the hard work starts now and we will be focused on getting the necessary building blocks in place so that we can start turning the bold vision for this project into reality.”
Chris Weston, Miller Homes’ Land Director added:
“We look forward to building on the successes of phase one and continuing to work in partnership with the HCA to deliver this important site in Fareham.”
Council Sean Woodward, Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, said:
“I’m extremely pleased that development of this kind is going to happen at the Coldeast site in Fareham. It will be wonderful to see the Mansion House used again, new affordable homes provided, more community facilities, all within a well maintained rural environment.”
This decision follows the first phase of development of 150 new and affordable homes on the site which is nearing completion. Following the agreement of planning terms, it is expected that work will start on site by March 2013.