Part of hospital may be demolished to make way for new homes in Chesterfield

Walton Hospital.
Walton Hospital.
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Part of a Chesterfield hospital could be demolished to make way for a new housing development under contentious plans.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust intends to knock down the disused western wing of Walton Hospital in Whitecotes Lane.

Up to 90 homes, including a new access road from Whitecotes Lane, would then be built.

The trust also wants to build a new car park near to the hospital entrance, again with access from Whitecotes Lane, and extend its southern car park to create an extra 62 spaces.

The plans are currently being assessed by Chesterfield Borough Council.

A trust spokesman said: “The proposals would allow for a high-quality, well-designed residential development on the surplus part of the hospital site together with improvements to car parking and general access.”

A number of residents living near the planned development have voiced concern.

David and Lindsay Gutteridge said: “These proposals would lead to an unacceptable increase in traffic, noise and pollution levels on an already congested road.

“The plans would be detrimental to road safety.”

Raymond Moore said: “The thought of potentially 90 extra cars joining an already congested road is frightening.”

Another resident said: “The creation of this housing development would have a detrimental impact on the environment.”