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Homes to be built on Ormskirk Hospital site

Application seeks to demolish exisiting buildings and rennovate area

The proposed site plan at the former hospital buildings at Ruff Lane, Ormskirk

Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospitals Trust is planning to demolish existing buildings to make way for 30 new homes on surplus land at Ormskirk Hospital.

The outline planning application is set to go before councillors at the West Lancashire Borough Council meeting tonight (Thursday).

The proposal relates to land to the north of Ruff Lane which formerly housed staff accommodation, the former library, learning resource centre and the former child development centre.

Developers want to demolish these buildings, which have become rundown, and renovate the site into a housing estate.

The current buildings’ age, condition and layout mean they are unacceptable for conversion. These buildings have also attracted anti-social behaviour and the trust is keen to demolish them.

The trust also plans to invest any money made from the sale of the land into health care facilities.

Two objections to the plans have been received.

The objections relate to the impact on traffic generation, especially on Ruff Lane; the impact on the amenities of local residents; and the proposed properties would impact on the south-facing gardens of existing residents.

Throughout the report submitted to councillors by the assistant director for planning, John Harrison, it is stressed that this is only an outline planning application and that the finer details such as scale, appearance and layout can be finalised in a further application.

The development includes a mix of housing styles and the applicant is also keen to incorporate affordable housing and homes for the elderly.

Mr Harrison has recommended that councillors approve the plans providing that the applicant enters into a section 106 agreement to secure the terms and conditions of the affordable housing units and the creation of new areas of open space.

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