Profits from housing scheme could help boost health care, planners told

A disused hospital site in Barnsley – with commanding views across the Dove Valley – will be redeveloped to provide 65 new homes if plans submitted to the council are approved.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 28 May, 2019, 17:00
Discharged: Mount Vernon Hospital is now out of use

The South West Yorkshire NHS Trust has made the application in conjunction with Orion Homes for a development which would see Mount Vernon Hospital, disused for several years, replaced with new homes.

The site was identified as suitable for housing in Barnsley’s Local Plan, the blueprint which sets out the key sites for development in the years ahead, meaning a key hurdle in the planning process has already been cleared.

Redevelopment would involve demolishing the hospital, which sits on the crest of Mount Vernon Road, and replacing it with new homes on an estate which would use the existing site entrance for access.

The council has been told in planning documents the site, close to Ward Green and with good public transport links, is sustainable and redevelopment would benefit the area.

Planning documents state: “The scheme, as submitted, would make use of a large brownfield site...... helping boost contributions to Barnsley's economy.

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“One of the applicants is the NHS Trust and the monies raised from the sale of the site will be reinvested in healthcare in the local area.

“There is opportunity to create a high quality residential environment through design, influenced by the surrounding character of the area.

“A high quality residential development can help to create homes for the region and attract new families.

“The materials, scale, layout and density of the development would replicate nearby developments and ensure that the character of the area is not harmed.”