Homes bid for Portsmouth’s St Mary’s Hospital site

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CITY planners are to discuss plans to build 191 apartments, and a 60-bedroom care home, at St Mary’s Hospital.

Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee will meet tomorrow to debate the scheme, which would see the hospital’s west wing, on Milton Road, turned over for development.

Planning officers advise the scheme should be allowed to go ahead.

But objections have been raised because developers estimate they will have to fell almost half of the trees on the site to make way for the two and three-storey buildings.

At the same meeting, the committee will consider allowing a change of use at the hospital, from the current education centre, to offices.

Officers have suggested this scheme should also be approved.

The hospital is reducing the size and scope of the services it provides, because of the PFI-led expansion at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.