Taylor Wimpey has submitted fresh plans for a multi-million revamp of a Lancashire hospital after local opposition forced a rethink.
Outline planning permission was granted for the £200 million scheme at Whittingham Hospital in Preston, to incorporate 584 'eco-friendly' homes, 18,500m2 of industrial and office space and a primary school.
But the scheme hit the buffers after locals complained the scheme did not provide enough affordable housing and demanded more leisure facilities for young people. Local groups also campaigned for heritage buildings on the site to be renovated.
Taylor Wimpey - appointed to the scheme by English Partnerships in March - has now drawn up a fresh outline planning application that proposes to increase the overall number of homes to 650. The number of affordable homes would be raised from 50 to 72 and the site’s oldest building, St Luke’s, will be renovated before convertion to apartments.
Revised plans also propose a centrally located and accessible sports and leisure facilities, including a multi-sports area for young people.
Preston City Council will consider the planning application at the end of 2007 or early in 2008.