Half of Leeds hospital site to be sold for housing

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Almost half of one of the oldest hospital sites in Leeds is set to be sold for housing.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is in final negotiations to sell 18 acres of land on the Seacroft Hospital site to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The land, mostly on the far edge of the hospital site, is unoccupied as over recent years services have been centralised in the most modern buildings.

These are on the 21 acres of land which will remain following the sale, as will the hospital’s clock tower, which is a listed building.

It is not yet clear yet how much the land will sell for, but proceeds will go back into the hospital trust’s coffers.

Julian Hartley, chief executive, said: “Seacroft Hospital remains an important facility for the trust, and all our existing services will be maintained there, but when this work is complete we will end up with a smaller and more cost-efficient site.

“In addition the ugly boarded up buildings at the back of the site will be demolished and in due course the land will be developed for housing and used more productively to improve the local community.”

Much of Seacroft Hospital dates back over 100 years and was built to care for patients with infectious diseases.

Hospital services have been moved out of the oldest parts which are no longer suitable for use.

Still operational on the site are a large general outpatient department, renal dialysis, the specialist rehabilitation centre, the Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine and the eye department.

Buildings owned by Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Blood and Transplant will also remain.

The Government’s Homes and Communities agency is a regeneration body which aims to enable the land to be sold for housing. It already owns 18 hectares of land at the back of the hospital site which has been earmarked for residential use.

Mr Hartley added: “Our organisation has one of the largest NHS estates anywhere in the country, including a proportion of very old buildings and surplus land which we no longer need and are increasingly a drain on our resources.

“As the work progresses we will announce more details, but we are expecting the HCA to start clearance work on the old part of the site between April and September once final details of the sale have been agreed, and permissions agreed with Leeds City Council.”

He said patients who use the hospital will be kept informed about the plans and it was hoped disruption would be kept to a minimum. Parking arrangements may be affected.

Tom Hustler, communications manager for the HCA, said their work would involve ensuring that the types of housing planned would be suitable for residents and the area.

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