A plan to transform a former Huddersfield hospital has been revealed.
Up to 200 new homes, a supermarket and small neighbourhood centre form the basis for the revamp of the St Luke’s Hospital site in Crosland Moor.
The site off Blackmoorfoot Road could also be home to terraced retail units with community space or offices above, a new family restaurant or pub, a foodstore and petrol station.
The plans have been unveiled by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) and they will go on display at a public exhibition on Monday.
The team behind the plans say up to 325 full and part-time jobs could be created on the site.
Lesley Hill, Director of Estates and Facilities at CHFT, said: “It is important that the St Luke’s site is brought back into productive use.
“The Trust are the freehold owners of the site and we have a responsibility to deliver value for money to taxpayers.
“The funds made available through the redevelopment and the sale of the St Luke’s site are really important to CHFT and are part of the overall service development strategy to secure and continually improve services for local people.”
The hospital trust say they have held “extensive discussions” with Kirklees Council to find a “commercially viable development, raising funds that will allow the Trust to reinvest in the ongoing enhancement of clinical services across Calderdale and Huddersfield”.
And they hope the proposed retail units will encourage people to shop closer to home and support businesses in the Crosland Moor area.
The development is a joint venture between CHFT and Henry Boot Developments Ltd under the Pennine Property Partnership and a planning application is likely to be submitted later this year.
Vivienne Clements from PPP said: “The proposals present the best opportunity to bring the St Luke’s site back to life.
“We have developed plans which can deliver an appropriate mix of much needed new housing, alongside new retail and leisure provisions. By doing so, we aim to boost the community in terms of new local jobs and new homes.”
“However, before we submit a planning application we would like to consult with the community on the plans. We hope that local people will attend our public exhibition to view the plans and provide feedback.”
One of the first public-private sector partnerships of its type, PPP was established in March 2011 to help the Trust generate funds from existing and surplus assets at a time when central capital funding is being reduced.
It has already transformed the derelict Acre Mill site in Lindley into an outpatient and health centre that will serve over 200,000 local people a year when it opens early 2015.
The public exhibition is on Monday between 3pm and 7pm is at the Crosland Moor Community Centre, Park Road West.
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