Housing development plans for Southlands are revealed

S33962H14 Nigel Pugsley, project manager, at the Southlands public consultation
S33962H14 Nigel Pugsley, project manager, at the Southlands public consultation

DETAILS of housing planned on the Southlands Hospital site were revealed this week.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust held a public consultation on Tuesday in the Harness Block, the former inpatient area, which is due for demolition.

The outline planning application being developed with property consultants BNP Paribas Real Estate will guide how the Upper Shoreham Road site may be developed and laid out, and the type of accommodation.

Project manager Nigel Pugsley said: “Our aim is to maximise the value of the estate. The strategy is to submit an outline planning application to Adur District Council in the autumn.”

There are a total of 113 housing units, comprising 23 two-bedroom houses, 24 three-bedroom houses, 14 four-bedroom houses, 28 two-bedroom apartments and 24 one-bedroom apartments.

The trust said the housing mix reflected the local need, with affordable housing included in the scheme.

Each house has its own garden and parking. There is additional parking for visitors, various public spaces and a children’s play area. Two-storey housing, in a contemporary design, forms the bulk of the site and Beeding House is planned as an apartment block.

Mr Pugsley said: “Views from the public consultation will be analysed and summarised and we will incorporate any changes where possible in the final application. If outline planning is granted, the site will be marketed in 2015. We will be working with the trust on the planning, marketing and sale.”

Malcolm Brett, chairman of Southlands League of Friends, said it was important to remember what facilities would be retained at the hospital.

“It is a shame to see the old girl crumbling, considering it was built only in the late 1970s, but technology has moved forward,” he added.

“It is unfortunate that we are losing this but we have not had inpatients for some two years now. It is important that we keep some hospital facilities on this site and that bit that is left will be all the sort of facilities that local people will need.”

The outpatients building in Hammy Lane will house hospital services such as the antenatal clinic, dermatology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, outpatients, day surgery unit and clinical departments. A business case for opthalmology services is also being developed.