Published date: 18 January 2024

Planning permission granted for Ashurst Hospital redevelopment

Ashurst Hospital is set to receive a major new build and refurbishment scheme after achieving full planning permission. NHS Property Services (NHSPS) are working closely with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board to deliver the scope of works, projected to start in 2024.

The committee voted five-to-one in favour of the redevelopment with no additional conditions to be added. The section 106 agreement is currently under review and is expected to be completed soon. 

To ensure integral services can continue within the New Forest building – such as the child and adolescent mental health services currently delivered from the Child and Family Centre – NHSPS will construct an extension to the south of the Snowden Birthing Centre.

A new 70-bed care home will be erected, serving as a place for quality care for the locality, creating additional jobs as a result. The former workhouse and adjoining surplus areas will be demolished, and existing services at the New Forest Birth Centre will continue.

To fund the project, NHSPS has provided the investment via its capital recycling programme where funds are obtained through the sale of surplus land and property. 

As part of the planning proposal, Peddal, a local charity, will continue to provide their specialist and inclusive guided and independent cycling services. Peddal are an integral partner of NHSPS’ social prescribing programme, which sees vacant space transformed into community-driven areas for health and wellbeing.

NHSPS will also work with the local Parish Council to explore options for how the on-site chapel can support local community initiatives and social enterprise programmes.

Paul Johnson, Senior Estate Strategy Manager for NHSPS, said: “Receiving planning permission ensures we are able to take tangible steps in providing a modern, fit-for-purpose child and family welfare centre for Ashurst and neighbouring communities. We are looking forward to completing all necessary steps and commencing work on this site.”

Sara Tiller, Hampshire Place Director for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board, said: “This is a major milestone in the project and great news for patients. The refurbished hospital will benefit patients in the New Forest and beyond, and we’re delighted that we are now heading towards construction works.”