M-Block, Gravesend

Keeping you up to date on plans for the former M-Block site in Gravesend

5 January 2017: Application recommended for approval

An application seeking outline planning permission to turn this vacant and derelict site into a residential development has been recommended for approval.

Members of Gravesham Borough Council’s Regulatory Board will meet on 11 January 2017 to determine the application. Our plans have been recommended for approval by a council planning officer and you can read the report being considered by the committee here.

For further details on the plans, see below.

30 June 2016: New lease of life for prime site in Kent

We are seeking outline planning permission to turn this vacant and derelict hospital site in Kent into a ‘landmark development’ of homes while returning vital funds to the NHS.

M-Block indicative image B

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

Our submission to Gravesham Borough Council 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.

The site has been declared surplus to NHS requirements by healthcare 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.”

M-Block indicative image AIndicative 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 councillors decide whether to approve it.

Background

The M-Block site as it is now.

The M-Block site as it is now.

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.