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Prime site set for new lease of life

An indicative graphic showing what a development could look like. It would be for a developer to apply for full planning permission for their specific scheme.

by Alex Cameron

A vacant and derelict hospital site in Kent could be transformed into a ‘landmark development’ providing vital local homes as NHS Property Services progresses plans to obtain outline planning permission.

The application seeks permission to redevelop a 0.35-hectare section of the former Gravesend and North Kent Hospital site, near the centre of Gravesend, with a modern, mixed-use development including up to 80 much needed homes.

Gravesend and North Kent Hospital closed in 2004 following the opening of the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford. Limited services continued in the on-site building known as M-block until its closure in 2006. At the same time, Gravesham Community Hospital, which is unaffected by this application, was built on part of the site.

Indicative graphics showing what a development could look like. Note – it would be for a developer to apply for full planning permission for their specific scheme.

An indicative graphic showing what a development could look like. It would be for a developer to apply for full planning permission for their specific scheme.

The site has been declared surplus to NHS requirements by commissioners (NHS England and Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group) and the role of NHS Property Services is to ensure best value for the taxpayer and the NHS. Receipts from the sale of surplus sites, and any savings, are reinvested in the NHS.

Kieran Kinsella, Head of Investment Management at NHS Property Services, said: “It’s time this prime site was given a new lease of life and this proposal is an opportunity for a landmark development of much-needed new homes.

“It would release vital funds for the NHS through the eventual sale of the site and is a chance to turn an empty site that is surplus to NHS requirements into something far more beneficial for the local community and the taxpayer.”

Indicative plans submitted as part of the application show the development laid out around a podium – a landscaped amenity space for residents to enjoy.

The plans also feature a small-scale shop, cafe or office on the ground floor on Clifton Road to provide employment potential.

Local people will be invited to have their say on the plans as part of Gravesham Borough Council’s planning application process before the authority decides whether to approve it.

NHS Property Services inherited the M-Block site as part of the health reforms of 2013, along with all the ex-Primary Care Trust and Strategic Health Authority estate not transferred to providers.

The role of NHS Property Services is to obtain best value for surplus sites on behalf of the NHS and the taxpayer and therefore intends to market the site to a developer with the benefit of outline planning permission. It would then be for the developer of the property to apply for full planning permission for their specific scheme.

Updates relating to the application will be posted here.

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