PLANS for a development of 140 homes and a business estate at the site of a former hospital in Banks have been submitted to the borough council.
In December the Advertiser revealed WS Lamm & Co was set to apply for outline permission for a mixed use development on a 5.6 hectares brownfield site at the East end of Greaves Hall Avenue.
The applicant has already secured planning permission for a 70-bedroom care home complete with a doctor’s surgery and pharmacy on land to the West of Greaves Hall Avenue.
A consultation exercise was undertaken with residents last month ahead of the submission of the new proposals, with 100 letters handed out to nearby homes and businesses, but the firm said no written responses were received.
The revised application site covers a 10.26 hectare plot including sections of both Greaves Hall Avenue and Aveling Drive. It includes 3.26 hectares of land designated as public open space.
Following discussions with the council the mix of the employment land has been revised and now provides more than 2,500sq m of internal floorspace across six units.
In a design and access statement submitted with the plans, the agent states the indicative proposals would include 140 homes, including some affordable housing.
It estimates the employment land, which would include 96 parking spaces, could create around 101 new jobs. The statement indicates new businesses would be linked to the existing firm operating within the site, to create a “new larger and coherent business estate”. It states the scheme would connect with the existing Banks community and provide a large community open space area to be developed to suit community requirements – which could include landscaped gardens, play areas and allotments.
The development would be phased, with an initial housing area built near to Banks St Stephens school, then the business use part of the scheme, and finally a second housing phase to the east. In the statement the agent writes that the scheme “would bring back into use a significant portion of derelict ‘brown field’ site”, and deliver a “sustainable and sought after residential development, with generous new public open space, to serve both the new housing, and wider community”.