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FAQs


Below are a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Old Infirmary Site. If you have a question for our team which is not featured below, you can submit one here.

When will we begin to see demolition activity on the old Infirmary site?

Following a period of preparatory safety work on site, demolition has begun in January 2021, lasting for approximately 12 months.

Won’t the NHS need the old Infirmary site in the future?

No. The NHS has not delivered clinical services from the old Infirmary site since 2012 when services were relocated to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. All NHS Trusts now have a duty to sell any land which is surplus to requirements and not being used for the delivery of clinical care. All the money received from the sale of the old Infirmary site will be retained by UHNM to improve hospital facilities.

Is this project about improving healthcare facilities or regenerating this part of Stoke?

It’s about both. By selling surplus land that is no longer used for the delivery of clinical services we can help regenerate this part of Stoke and support the national commitment to build much needed additional housing. In addition, we can use the money we raise from the land sale to improve NHS facilities for local people.

How many new homes will be built on the old Infirmary site?

The NHS has secured outline planning permission for the development of up to 236 new homes on the old Infirmary site, along with some greenspace and some community or retail space too. We will be making a more detailed statement on this early in 2021, once the Business Case has been presented to the Trust Board.

What will happen to the car park on the old Infirmary and the COPD (Central Outpatients Department) sites?

The Trust has been looking at all the options for future car parking and is now finalising a Business Case that will inform our long-term car parking plans. We hope to be making a more detailed statement in the near future.

Which buildings are going to be retained and which are to be demolished? I trust that the architecturally valuable original infirmary building will be retained?

All buildings on the Old Infirmary site are to be demolished, except for Windsor House and the old 'Main Entrance' building. Although not listed, the former entrance was deemed to be of historical significance and so its protection means that the building's conversion to apartments is a condition under the Outline Residential Planning Consent.

It is also worth adding that, prior to demolition, the Trust completed a record of historical artefacts. Some of these will be donated to the local museum. We have also produced a programme of archaeological recording to be implemented during the demolition itself.


When the land is sold and the new homes built will the local infrastructure (schools, roads, GP surgeries etc.) be able to cope with the increased number of residents?


This is an important question. The outline planning permission on the old Royal Infirmary site is not just for new homes, it is for community facilities and open space too. It will be a matter for local authority planners to decide precisely what community facilities are needed once the demolition has been completed and the land sold. Of course, the developer will be required to pay for additional community facilities and we are confident the local authority will consider these matters carefully and ensure the development of the old Royal Infirmary site is an improvement on allowing it to become derelict and dangerous.



FAQs


Below are a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Old Infirmary Site. If you have a question for our team which is not featured below, you can submit one here.

When will we begin to see demolition activity on the old Infirmary site?

Following a period of preparatory safety work on site, demolition has begun in January 2021, lasting for approximately 12 months.

Won’t the NHS need the old Infirmary site in the future?

No. The NHS has not delivered clinical services from the old Infirmary site since 2012 when services were relocated to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. All NHS Trusts now have a duty to sell any land which is surplus to requirements and not being used for the delivery of clinical care. All the money received from the sale of the old Infirmary site will be retained by UHNM to improve hospital facilities.

Is this project about improving healthcare facilities or regenerating this part of Stoke?

It’s about both. By selling surplus land that is no longer used for the delivery of clinical services we can help regenerate this part of Stoke and support the national commitment to build much needed additional housing. In addition, we can use the money we raise from the land sale to improve NHS facilities for local people.

How many new homes will be built on the old Infirmary site?

The NHS has secured outline planning permission for the development of up to 236 new homes on the old Infirmary site, along with some greenspace and some community or retail space too. We will be making a more detailed statement on this early in 2021, once the Business Case has been presented to the Trust Board.

What will happen to the car park on the old Infirmary and the COPD (Central Outpatients Department) sites?

The Trust has been looking at all the options for future car parking and is now finalising a Business Case that will inform our long-term car parking plans. We hope to be making a more detailed statement in the near future.

Which buildings are going to be retained and which are to be demolished? I trust that the architecturally valuable original infirmary building will be retained?

All buildings on the Old Infirmary site are to be demolished, except for Windsor House and the old 'Main Entrance' building. Although not listed, the former entrance was deemed to be of historical significance and so its protection means that the building's conversion to apartments is a condition under the Outline Residential Planning Consent.

It is also worth adding that, prior to demolition, the Trust completed a record of historical artefacts. Some of these will be donated to the local museum. We have also produced a programme of archaeological recording to be implemented during the demolition itself.


When the land is sold and the new homes built will the local infrastructure (schools, roads, GP surgeries etc.) be able to cope with the increased number of residents?


This is an important question. The outline planning permission on the old Royal Infirmary site is not just for new homes, it is for community facilities and open space too. It will be a matter for local authority planners to decide precisely what community facilities are needed once the demolition has been completed and the land sold. Of course, the developer will be required to pay for additional community facilities and we are confident the local authority will consider these matters carefully and ensure the development of the old Royal Infirmary site is an improvement on allowing it to become derelict and dangerous.