Newcastle hospital bosses have put a prominent former hospital site in Newcastle up for sale, casting doubt over planned developments
The former Sanderson Hospital site in Gosforth was poised to be redeveloped into a new health centre in a partnership with developers Malhotra Group and the landowners, the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The sizeable patch of land has lain empty for more than 15 years but the Newcastle-based Malhotra Group was working on a new future for the site with Newcastle’s Ryder Architecture designing a polyclinic containing diagnostic facilities, treatment rooms, GP surgeries and associated shops.
The scheme was the latest plan earmarked for the land, at Salters Road, which was formerly occupied by Sanderson Hospital, which was built in 1897 as a home for destitute children before being more latterly occupied as a care facility for the elderly.
Construction firm Wimpey received planning permission to build houses and flats on the sites in 2011, despite huge numbers of protests that led to its plans being revised a number of times.
But Wimpey pulled out of the scheme in 2013, saying a slump in the property market during a lengthy planning battle had made its development uneconomic.
Now the freehold of the site is up for sale, with interested parties being asked to contact property firm Cushman & Wakefield for the guide price.
Marketing materials on the Cushman & Wakefield website say the site extends to 3.2 acres, and highlights its position close to Gosforth’s main High Street, a popular retail, leisure and business location with local and national occupiers such as HSBC, Sainsbury’s, Costa and The Gym Group.
A spokeswoman for Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Trust does not comment on commercial issues. However we can confirm that we own the Sanderson Hospital site, we have put the site up for sale and we’ll be looking for the best possible price.”
Source : Chroniclelive