PLANS to revamp a derelict hospital site are a step closer to reality.
Developers behind a bid to transform the Royal Hospital Haslar, in Gosport, have submitted their schemes to Gosport Borough Council.
We need that investment to be the catalyst so that the real aim of the site which is care can be realisedCouncillor Peter Edgar
Applications include demolishing existing buildings, fixing roofs and installing vents as well as removing interior walls to change the layouts of the building.
Once the transformation of the site is complete, it will have a medical centre, care home, offices, housing and other facilities.
Councillor Peter Edgar, who led the fight to save Haslar before it shut, welcomed the applications, which cover both the inside and outside of the existing buildings.
He said: ‘The applications show there is investment and investment is to be welcomed.
‘It has been left so long, more or less as a derelict site, that any investment is good news.
‘We need that investment to be the catalyst so that the real aim of the site, which is care, can be realised.
‘So it’s great to see the planning applications submitted.’
Cllr Edgar added: ‘The plan for the site clearly states it is for vital care but if at first we need other users then we should accept them.
‘We fought for 10 years to get the site to stay open and it has been a big part of my life.
‘It’s exciting to know that the wheels are in motion and investors are interested in the former hospital site.’
But Cllr Edgar said care services could have been provided much sooner had the site been allowed to remain open.
‘If the site stayed open, like we campaigned for, then it could have offered vital care which would have saved the NHS a lot of money,’ he said.
‘Haslar could have gone straight into the care industry but it is just good to see that some investors are coming in.’
Investors submit applications for site
APPLICATIONS have been submitted to transform the former Royal Hospital Haslar site.
A number of investors in the site have been putting in the applications to change various buildings within the development with the aim of creating a care home, medical centre, houses, offices and other facilities.
Southsea-based Design Team Studios is helping couple Mark and Patricia Traslar to create new openings by removing internal walls at 9 The Terrace.
Pike Planning, also based in Southsea, is working on behalf of applicant Ciaran Shields to get planning permission to demolish eight of the old buildings built more than 50 years ago.