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News - 11 April 2004
|Could it soon be housing?|
Could release of NHS sites for key worker homes benefit Brighton & Hove?
As part of John Prescott’s “Sustainable Communities” plan the government has announced a scheme to release NHS land to build key-worker accommodation in what appears to be the largest ever disposal of State land.
As the modern hospital building programme reaches maturity the Department of Health has identified large tracts of NHS land that currently serves outdated facilities that will almost certainly be made redundant in the very near future. The department has already identified Southlands Hospital at Shoreham and speculation surrounds the Brighton General Hospital in Elm Grove, which was a work house for the poor in Victorian times. Other sites have been earmarked in Rye, Haywards Heath and Chichester which should provide 15,000 homes.
The land will be sold exclusively to housing associations or developers that agree to the strict remit to build affordable housing for teachers, nurses, policemen etc etc. Planning consent would have to be sought in the normal way but given the acute shortage of affordable homes it seems likely that there will be little opposition. To download a copy of Prof. Christine Whirehead’s report on affordable housing in the city to the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) enter “Whitehead report” into the search engine or look under “housing” in the Knowledgebase.
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