First phase of housing at former hospital site to start next month

An aerial view of the former St George's Hopsital ste.
An aerial view of the former St George's Hopsital ste.

Work is set to start soon on a major new housing development in the northern area of Morpeth.

The planning application by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for the former St George’s Hospital site was approved by a Northumberland County Council planning committee in March.

However, it still needed to agree conditions with officers at County Hall. This process was completed a month ago, enabling full planning permission for 119 dwellings to be granted.

Outline permission was also given for the second (115 new homes) and third (up to 141 dwellings) phases of the scheme.

Linden Homes North East is carrying out the project on behalf of the HCA and it gave an update to the Herald this week.

Stephen McCoy, managing director with Galliford Try Partnerships North (parent company to Linden Homes North East), said: “Site preparations are now well underway and we anticipate building work on the first phase of 119 new homes will commence in August. 

“The development will deliver a mixture of high-quality properties, ranging from two-bedroomed apartments to five-bedroomed executive houses.

“The aim is to integrate the new housing with the surrounding area, while enhancing existing natural features – including the adjacent Bluebell and Howburn Woods.

“The regeneration project will also provide significant public open space that will produce a housing development that is very different to anything else available in the area.”