New homes at site of former hospital finally approved

An artist's impression of the new homes to be built on the former Ashington hospital site.
An artist's impression of the new homes to be built on the former Ashington hospital site.
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The former site of Ashington Hospital is to be transformed after plans to build new homes on the land were given the green light.

Work will start this month to transform the area that has stood unused for more than a decade.

The development, by Bernicia, will deliver more than 100 new homes and includes a retirement housing complex, private gardens and landscaped grounds.

There will also be bungalows available for both rent and sale under a low cost home ownership initiative.

Bernicia’s deputy chief executive John Johnston said: “We are delighted to give the go-ahead to start developing the former Ashington Hospital site, which will have a real positive impact on local people.

“We have worked closely with Northumberland County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency and we are eager to now start delivering this scheme which will provide much needed high quality accommodation, whilst also contributing to the regeneration of Ashington town centre.”

Coun Allan Hepple, policy board member for housing, planning and regeneration at the county council, said: “Supporting the development of new affordable homes is one of the council’s key priorities, and we have been pleased to work with Bernicia in its development of plans for this key site in Ashington.

“I look forward to seeing the new homes being built and people able to move in.”

The original Ashington Hospital was built in 1913 and was expanded during the 1950s and 1960s with large new wings.

It was the main maternity unit for a large part of the south east of Northumberland.

The hospital closed in the mid 1990s and replaced by the current Wansbeck General Hospital on the eastern edge of the town, which was deemed to have better links to the A189 Spine Road.

The last of the old buildings in the town centre were demolished in 2004.

To find out more about the new development and its progression, visit www.bernicia.com