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New Homes team advise on scheme to secure future of popular Standish Hospital site

21 June 2017

New Homes team advise on scheme to secure future of popular Standish Hospital site

Detailed proposals to redevelop the 38-acre former Standish Hospital and adjacent Westridge Hospital sites near Stroud in Gloucestershire have been submitted by the PJ Livesey Group.

The planning application follows close consultation with community groups, the District Council and Historic England to secure the future of the site, which boasts six heritage buildings, including a Grade II listed manor house.

The main Standish Hospital closed in 2004 and PJ Livesey, specialists in the conversion of period buildings and high quality new homes, were appointed preferred developer by the Homes and Communities Agency that currently owns the site.  The adjacent adult care facility, owned by 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, which will shortly become vacant, will be incorporated into the scheme as part of a comprehensive redevelopment.

If approved the plans would see the conversion of the Grade II listed Standish House and its neighbouring stable block together with two Art Deco style ward buildings and the gate lodge on Horsemarling Lane.

They would also save the site’s distinctive hydrotherapy pool building, which was previously considered for demolition, making way for two distinctive houses.

The specialist conversion work enhanced by extensive improvements to the grounds, including new footpaths and enhanced green spaces across the site, would be supported by ‘enabling development’ of 98 new build family homes designed specifically for the location.  If approved, the development will comprise properties from two to five bedrooms, catering for a broad spectrum of potential future residents.

The proposals will also make the most of the unique mature landscaped setting, incorporating a range of ecological habitat improvements, including bespoke accommodation for rare species of bats.

Local agents Perry Bishop and Chambers have been appointed to advise on the development.

The heritage buildings will be converted into 50 unique properties:

Grade II Standish House - 15 mansion style apartments

Stable Block – 5 houses

Art Deco Men’s Ward building – 13 houses

Art Deco Women’s Ward Building – 10 houses and 4 apartments

1970’s hydrotherapy unit – two single level properties

The Estate Lodge House – one house

The plans are now being considered by Stroud District Council and if approved the developers anticipate being on site in late 2017 with the first properties launched for sale in 2018.

Helene Parker Joel, New Homes Development Manager at Perry Bishop and Chambers, said: “I have visited other PJ Livesey developments and seen first hand the very high standards they deliver – nothing less than perfection. We are very pleased to be partnering with them at a local level.

“The location of the site, sitting on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, coupled with the unique mix of properties that will be available will make this one of the most sought after developments in the region with enormous appeal to people working in Gloucestershire, Bristol or London commuters.”

Barton Wilmore are the planning consultants, Planit-ie landscape design, highways, Vectos and RSK are advising on the ecology of the site.