Next stage of former Haslar site is given green light

The Royal Hospital Haslar
The Royal Hospital Haslar
  • Members of Gosport’s regulatory board approve planning application for Haslar
  • Plans include 93 retirement flats and a 60-bed care home
  • But councillors raise concerns about the commercial aspects of the plan saying they assurances they will be built
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COUNCILLORS have given the green light for phase two of the re-development at the former Haslar hospital site.

At a regulatory board meeting, councillors in Gosport welcomed the planning application which will see retirement flats built alongside a care home.

This is one of the most important sites we have in Gosport

Councillor Richard Dickson

The plan is just one of many developments which are taking place at the site. Once finished, it will have bars, restaurants, a doctor’s practice, retirement flats, care homes, stores and a church.

Councillor Richard Dickson said: ‘This is one of the most important sites we have in Gosport.

‘It is so important that we get the development right.’

Councillor Graham Burgess agreed.

He said: ‘We have been waiting since 2009 for this application.

‘It is great to see it finally here before the board.’

The planning application will see three building demolished, Canada block converted and two new buildings constructed.

They will house 93 retirement flats and a 60-bed care home. Eight residential properties are also part of the plan along with extra leisure facilities, parking and cycle storage.

But during the meeting concerns were raised about the developers, Our Enterprise Haslar Ltd, only building the residential properties and not the commercial sites.

Councillor Dickson added: ‘As much as we would like to see all the things listed here, I don’t think they will definitely happen.’

Labour councillor Dennis Wright welcomed the application but wanted a pledge that the commercial properties would be built.

‘The hotel, restaurants and bars are all set to be built but we have seen this before at Priddy’s Hard and Royal Clarence Yard,’ he said.

‘On those sites, the commercial aspects weren’t delivered.

‘If we pass this plan, what guarantee will we have that the developers will build them?’

But officers at the meeting said the developers would not be able to sell all the residential properties unless the extra facilities were built.