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Surplus site set for new lease of life after sale yields £2.2m for NHS

An aerial view of White Horse View, Easingwold

by Alex Cameron

A former health facility is set to be given a new lease of life after it was sold to a specialist care provider.

NHS Property Services has completed the sale of White Horse View in Easingwold, North Yorkshire, to Hesley Group. Hesley Group is a provider with over 40 years’ experience in supporting young people and adults with autism and other complex needs.

Proceeds from the £2.2million sale will now be reinvested in the NHS.

White Horse View has been vacant since 2016.

The site was declared surplus to the needs of the NHS by Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group and the role of NHS Property Services (NHSPS) was to dispose of the property to generate valuable funds for reinvestment in the NHS.

David Elstob, Principal Transaction Manager for NHS Property Services, said: “We are pleased to be returning millions of pounds to the NHS while releasing this property so that it can be brought back to use.

“By selling land that the NHS no longer needs, we can also help increase efficiency and reduce the operational costs of the estate we oversee.”

The property was made available to other public bodies before being offered on the open market, but no approaches were received.

The 1.08-hectare site comprises three buildings formerly used as a centre to assess and treat people with learning disabilities and also includes a parking area and landscaping.

Hesley Group now intends to convert the property into a number of individual self-contained apartments, providing person centered support within specialist environments for adults with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs.

David Maynard, Hesley Group, Director of Partnership and Business Development, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop a new service in Easingwold and look forward to working with families, placing authorities and all key stakeholders to achieve the best outcomes for the people we support.”

The site was marketed by Savills.