A FORMER hospital site is to be turned into 124 new homes with proceeds from the £11m sale going to the NHS.
The deal is the largest sale for the NHS in 2014/2015 and is the last phase of major house-building at the former Coldeast Hospital site, in Sarisbury Green.
NHS Property Services sold the 4.6-hectare section of site, formerly a mental heath facility, to David Wilson Homes.
The site was declared surplus to NHS requirements by South East Hants Clinical Commissioning Group in August 2013 after the opening of the adjacent Fareham Community Hospital in 2010.
The sale has been hailed by James Wakeham, regional director for NHS Property Services.
He said: ‘We are very pleased to return millions of pounds to the NHS that will benefit patients and save the taxpayer money.
‘We’re committed to getting best value on sites that commissioners have told us they no longer need for healthcare and Coldeast was the largest single plot we sold last year.’
But county councillor Sean Woodward said he would rather have seen the money go back to local health services, rather than into the NHS’s national treasury.
He said: ‘All we see is closures here in Fareham.
‘This is good news for the treasury but bad news for health care locally as we won’t see a penny of it.’
This latest sale comes as an application has been put in to create sheltered accommodation at the site of the former Meadows psychiatric unit nearby, which has been left derelict since it closed in 2012.
Last month, the 2.5-acre site was sold by NHS Southern Health.
A planning application was submitted to Fareham Borough Council earlier this week and is currently being validated.
Coldeast is undergoing major redevelopment with the former mansion being transformed into a luxury wedding and conference venue.
Fareham Borough Council is also building a £7m leisure centre – called Holly Hill Leisure Centre – with swimming pool and fitness facilities nearby.
The council is also building a sheltered housing complex with 36 one and two-bedroom apartments at a cost of £5m.