New lease of life for hospital site

An artists's impression of the site

An artists's impression of the site

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THE former site of Whelley Hospital could be given a new lease of life in the new year with a multi-storey care complex.

Plans have been submitted to the town hall with officers set to make a decision on whether to grant approval in February.

Private firm Adactus Housing hopes to build a three-storey accommodation for 80 care apartments with communal areas, a restaurant, lounge area and hairdressers, along with 26 houses and 16 flats, all with vehicle access, 73 parking spaces and landscaping features.

It will provide accommodation “designed specifically for older people” as well as “general needs housing”, according to developers.

The hospital site on Bradshaw Street has been unused since its closure in 2008, bulldozers moved in to demolish the buildings and clear the site in 2010.

It is owned by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) Foundation NHS Trust.

Design documents submitted as part of the planning application by PRP Architects state: “The site has been derelict for many years following the demolition of the hospital and has become neglected and unsightly over

time.

“A new positive use for the site has been sought for a number of years.”

They also include details of a public consultation held earlier in 2015.

Adding: “Generally the proposals were liked and local people believed there to be a demand for such accommodation in the area and welcomed the fact that some of the ancillary facilities within the extra care development would be accessible to the wider community.

“The redevelopment of this vacant brownfield site was also seen as a positive development.”

Although a selection of residents did express concerns over the height of the three-storey building and the potential loss of privacy for neighbouring houses.

The document concludes: “The development will deliver 122 new affordable homes into Whelley in accordance with the aspirations of the Core Strategy, offering a real choice of housing products to local people.”

Adding that the care apartments “will enable local elderly and families to remain living and working within Wigan, and avoid older people having to move into care as they become increasingly

frail.”