Housing plan by NHS

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THE site of the former nurses’ home attached to a Doncaster hospital building is to be sold off.

Bosses at the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hope to raise cash by the sale of the land next to the Montagu Hospital in Mexborough, with outline planning permission for housing.

The old nurses’ home has been demolished and a new planning application is before Doncaster Council awaiting approval.

A scheme for a complete restructuring of the whole Montagu Hospital site is still being finalised, with a public consultation due to start at the end of May.

Early last year, plans by Doncaster Primary Care Trust to buy the old nurses’ home site and build a new health centre fell through.

A spokeswoman for the Trust said of the nursing home plot: “The rehabilitation development at Mexborough is proposed for the main hospital site.

“We are hoping to dispose of the land with outline planning permission, as we will get a better asking price.”

She said the proceeds from the sale will go into the capital funding pot.

She said: “If the building is in use, we’re getting income to pay capital charges. But otherwise payment of those charges comes out of patient care budgets.

“That’s a waste of taxpayers’ money so we are selling or demolishing any buildings that are significantly underused.”