Spelthorne Borough Council has announced the purchase of a surplus car park on the site of Ashford Hospital's old incinerator with the aim of developing the land for much needed housing.
Speaking of the purchase, Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we are in a position to deliver these homes including for our vital key workers who contribute so much to the local area. This housing will be particularly welcomed by hospital staff looking to live close to work.
This purchase also demonstrates our commitment to invest within the Borough for the direct benefit of the people who live or work in the Borough.”
Cllr Mark Francis, Portfolio holder for Housing, said: “The shortage of housing is one of the most pressing problems we face, and affordable rented property is in particularly short supply. This is therefore very good news for Spelthorne residents”.
Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are very pleased to be able to work collaboratively with Spelthorne Borough Council, an important local partner to Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, in this way. The sale of surplus land at Ashford Hospital is an exciting development and part of the wider ASPH Transformation programme, which will see huge changes and improvements across both hospital sites in the coming months and years.
This land sale will bring many benefits to the local community and offer solutions to some of the issues we jointly face, such as recruitment and retention in the NHS and availability of affordable housing for key workers. For the Trust, Ashford Hospital is a vital part of our vision to provide an outstanding experience and best outcomes for patients and the team and the revenue raised will be invested in facilities and services for the benefit of all.
Overall this is great news for local residents in Spelthorne and beyond and a fantastic example of working efficiently with our public sector partners to use tax-payer’s money wisely and achieve multiple benefits for the community.”