Sale of half of Leeds hospital site nets NHS trust £5m

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a hospitals trust has netted £5.1m from the sale of half of the Seacroft Hospital site, it has been revealed.

In February Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed it was to sell 18 acres of land to be used as housing.

Now hospital heads have said the land was purchased by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for £6.1m.

Hospitals trust finance director Tony Whitfield said in a report: “The purchase price is £6.1m, with £1m retained by the vendor to clear asbestos and demolish buildings, leaving a net cash receipt of £5.1m.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post has previously reported that the land, mostly on the far edge of the site of one of the oldest hospitals in the city, was to be sold.

The HCA will now prepare the land to make it attractive to a developer for housing.

It already owns 18 hectares of land at the back of the hospital site which has been earmarked for residential use.

The newly-sold land contains unused buildings as in recent years services have been centralised in the most modern facilities, because the oldest parts of the hospital are no longer suitable to provide patient care.

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

When the sale was announced, Leeds Teaching Hospitals chief executive Julian Hartley said: “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.”

He said the site would be more cost-efficient when the work was completed, with clearance expected to start over the coming weeks, subject to permission from Leeds City Council.

During the work, access for patients and staff may change and parking spaces may be affected.

The hospital’s iconic clock tower – which is a listed building – will remain, as will services including general outpatients, 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.

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