Planning consent for former hospital site in Kent secured

by Aran Matharu

NHS Property Services has secured planning permission from Gravesham Borough Council to redevelop a 0.35 hectare section of the former Gravesend and North Kent Hospital site in Gravesend, known as M-Block.

The site has been granted outline planning approval to transform the vacant and derelict site into a residential led mixed-use development. The plans have the potential to deliver up to 80 residential units alongside additional amenities that could include crèche ,day centre and leisure use on the ground floor on Clifton Road which will provide employment opportunities.

Kieran Kinsella, Head of Investment Management for NHS Property Services, said: “It is time this site was redeveloped and we are delighted to achieve outline planning permission to enable a landmark development of much needed new homes. The site will now be marketed and the sale will release vital funds for the NHS.”

 Gravesend and North Kent Hospital closed in 2004 following the opening of the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford. Limited services continued from M-Block until its closure in 2006. Gravesham Community Hospital opened on part of the site in 2006, the community hospital is unaffected by the application and will continue to operate from its current location. NHS Property Services inherited the M-Block site as part of the health reforms of 2013.

Capital released from NHS Property Services’ activities is reinvested in the NHS.