Surplus NHS sites that could be sold for homes

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Some sites have already been sold. The Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust has agreed to the sale of Fulwood House in Sheffield, which it says is a locally significant heritage asset.

The site sold for £12.3 million. The plan is to use it for housing, with around 161 homes, 40 of which would be affordable, according to figures from NHS Digital. Housing plans on NHS land are encouraged to offer affordable housing to NHS staff first. As of March 31, there were no plans to do so on this site.

Other high-priced sales included Hawks Road Clinic in Kingston, which sold for £9.708 million, with plans to use it for housing, with around 100 homes. Chiswick Health Center for £9.5m, Brocklebank Health Center in Wandsworth for £8.2m, Flat AC in Westminster for £6.325m were also sold for developments including housing.

The West London NHS Trust has identified Broadmoor Hospital in Bracknell Forest as surplus to requirements. He estimates the site, which is a listed building, could be sold for £28million. The vegetable garden on the site could also be sold for £6million. This could be used to supply 210 houses.

Other sites in the area have been identified as opportunities – these are sites that could be declared surplus and a plan to sell them has been developed. These include the western development area of ​​the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in Harrow, which could sell for £35million and be used for 92 homes.

Leeds General Infirmary, which is a listed building, has also been identified as an opportunity, and the site could be sold for £17.8million and used for a 200-home mixed development. Information from NHS Digital indicates that the sale of these two sites could be delayed by the need to move the site’s facilities elsewhere.

There may be more excess land identified in the area, but not all sites are individually listed in the data. A number have been marked as sensitive and are therefore included in the global figures but not in the local breakdown.

The NHS long-term plan states that the NHS will improve the way it uses its land, buildings and equipment. One of the ways it is expected to achieve this is by disposing of waste land to allow reinvestment while supporting the government’s aim to build new homes for NHS staff.

As part of this goal, NHS workers should be given a first refusal for affordable homes built on surplus land. The government hoped this would benefit 3,000 families.

As of March 31, 2022, 441 land had been declared surplus or potentially surplus by 110 trusts and by NHS Property Services (which manages around 10% of NHS property). Of these, 67 plots had already been sold (with a sale year from 2021/22).

The plots sold had brought in £94.07million. Beyond that, the estimated sales receipt for surplus or potentially surplus land was £1,211 million.

When submitting housing plans, developers must include the provision of affordable housing. Nationally, the policy is that 10% of housing must be affordable, which includes social rentals, affordable rentals, and owned or condominium rentals, although local policies may vary and there are exemptions.

Of 229 non-sensitive sites identified by NHS Digital, 133 have been identified as having reception potential. They could provide about 5,653 units, of which 784 could be affordable.

However, only 96 of these affordable homes have been identified as being offered to NHS staff via the right of first refusal.

The Department of Health said it was working with the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities and NHS England to explore how excess public sector land freed up for housing could meet health infrastructure needs, including the accommodation for key workers.

He said demand for NHS staff accommodation was mainly for properties in London, with NHS Trusts in the capital also developing additional ways to meet the needs of their staff, including rental model partnerships with service providers. accommodations. A Department of Health assessment shows that ownership has not been the most attractive option for NHS staff, and they intend to review our approach over the coming months.

Recent new uses for NHS surplus land include a planned new Aldi store at the entrance to Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and 21 affordable housing units planned for land at Hythe Hospital in Hampshire.

A consultation is underway on the store, on a sloping meadow which is not used for any treatment, the entire proceeds of the sale of the site having to be reinvested in the future developments of the hospital. In Hampshire, New Forest District Council has agreed to buy the site to develop housing, with NHS Digital figures listing £1million in sales revenue for the site.

While the 21 homes planned for land at Hythe Hospital are affordable, NHS Digital figures show none will be offered to NHS staff via right of first refusal. The current NHS surplus land sales policy is based on recommendations from the Naylor review in 2017.

This was aimed at developing a new NHS property strategy which supported the Government’s plans to free up money from sites, which could then be reinvested in the NHS, and to deliver land for new homes. His analysis identified £2.7billion in revenue from inefficiently used land and property (perhaps more if things like planning permission went the right way), and the review made a number of recommendations on how to achieve this.

The government largely accepted the report’s recommendations in 2018. This led to the creation of the NHS Property Board to support estate planning and management and support plans to sell surplus land.

It also allows NHS providers to retain revenue generated from the sale of surplus land and property, provided it is reinvested to meet local priorities. Offers of access to investment funds should also be supported by plans for how NHS organizations would maximize the disposal of excess land and property in their area.

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