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The only way is homes for Essex hospital site

Plans for 1,500 homes on a former hospital site in Essex received a boost this week when the first phase received detailed planning approval from Colchester Borough Council.

The decision means 248 homes can be built on the Severalls Hospital site, which is jointly owned by the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The homes will consist of 30 one- and two-bedroom apartments, 72 two-bedroom houses, 96 three-bedroom houses and 50 four-bedroom houses. About a quarter of these will be available to those on the housing needs list.

According to the HCA, the homes will be a ‘contemporary take on the traditional Essex house design’.

North Essex Partnership NHS Trust chief executive Andrew Geldard said: “I am very pleased at the progress we’re making, it’s really great news.

“This land belongs to the NHS and its legacy must help patient care, especially in today’s financial climate. We’ve taken another big step forward towards achieving this.”

The selection process for a developer is underway. Homes could start on site late 2011.

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