Another 750 homes planned for former Whittingham Hospital site

Builders have revealed plans for up to 750 new homes at the former Whittingham Hospital site.

Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 8:53 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd May 2019, 11:56 am
Aerial of former Whittingham Hospital building

The proposals, from Homes England, include redeveloping the Whittingham and Goosnargh Sports and Social Club and also means building a new club house and car park, the retention of a bowling green, a new football pitch, tennis court, multi-use games area (MUGA) and event space.

Approximately 1.5 hectares of land will also be set aside for the delivery of a primary school and associated development.

Planning documents sent to Preston City Council (PCC) by agent Vincent Ryan state: “Land to the east of Henry Littler Way will be reserved for a new primary school, should Lancashire County Council, as Local Education Authority (LEA), deem it to be required.

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“The area set aside for the school has been informed through discussions with the LEA and is agreed to be sufficient to accommodate a single form entry primary school and associated infrastructure, including car parking and play space.”

The site is designated for a mixed-use development of 650 dwellings within the Preston Local Plan (2015)

The application also seeks permission to redevelop a former waste water treatment works for up to three dwellings, landscaping, public open space and other on-site infrastructure.

The application site extends to 48.7 hectares and was once occupied by Whittingham Hospital. The original buildings were opened in 1873 and were known as ‘The Whittingham Asylum’.