A HEALTH trust can now press ahead with plans to sell off land valued at £8m.
Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee yesterday gave Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust outline permission to build 191 flats and houses and a 60-bedroom care home on the west wing of St Mary’s Hospital.
The health trust will also be allowed to convert its school of nursing on the same Milton site into offices.
Glen Hewlett from the trust said: ‘The plan will allow us to sell the land to a developer. We value it at £8m and the money will be used to pay towards medical equipment and technology which has already been installed at Queen Alexandra Hospital.’
Mr Hewlett told the planning committee that the sale of land had been made possible by the development of the superhospital in Cosham.
He added: ‘Our plans will include affordable housing, a care home for older people, and in the office space, opportunities for employment.’
The only objections which had been raised against the plans were from nearby residents who were concerned a large number of trees would be cleared to make way for the housing.
But council planning officer Alan Banting said that 68 of the 90 trees at the site were protected by tree protection orders and so would not be removed.
Cllr Luke Stubbs said: ‘I’m pleased that some of the land will be used to increase employment.’
The planning committee voted unanimously to approve the plans and the trust hopes to sell the land to a developer by early next year.