Southlands site housing scheme to be determined

Beeding House is now listed for demolition, along with other buildings S33953H14
Beeding House is now listed for demolition, along with other buildings S33953H14

OUTLINE plans for housing on part of the Southlands Hospital site go before councillors on Monday.

Adur District Council’s planning committee has been recommended to approve Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s application.

The trust’s aim is to sell the 2.19 hectare site in Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham, so the exact detail of what could be built will be decided by developers at a later date.

The application does not include out-patient buildings, or Thakeham House, which has recently been extensively refurbished for Northbourne Medical Centre.

The money raised will help to fund a new specialist centre for ophthalmology at Southlands Hospital, adjacent to the development site.

The outline application covers Beeding House, The Ridings and the four-storey Harness Block, which was the main hospital building, as well as the main car park.

All the buildings are now listed for demolition, despite people being told at the public consultation in August that Beeding House would be converted into apartments.

Other changes since last summer have seen a reduction in the number of properties, from 113 to 106, following negotiations.

A new access road from Upper Shoreham Road, between Greenways Crescent and New Barn Road, would be created, to serve both the development and Northbourne Medical Centre.

Karen Geoghegan, the trust’s director of finance, said: “We are pleased plans for the redevelopment on the Harness Block have been recommended for outline planning approval because it is another significant step towards a multi-million pound redevelopment of Southlands Hospital and the establishment of a new specialist centre for ophthalmology.

“Before we made the decision to make the land available, we went to great lengths to find out whether the Harness Block could be used by another public body, to deliver health or social care. Regrettably, there was no realistic prospect of that being achieved.

“The trust has a duty to maximise the value of the land and we have always said that any proceeds will be re-invested in Southlands Hospital, and we stand by that commitment.

“The trust is in the process of selling a number of buildings no longer required across its estate in order to enable further investments in patient care and facilities at our three main hospital sites in Worthing, Chichester and Shoreham.”

The planning committee will meet at Adur Civic Centre, in Ham Road, on Monday at 7pm.