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Work starts on 600-home development at former Kidderminster hospital site

By Dayna Farrington | Kidderminster | News | Published:

Work has started on a £137 million housing development on the site of a former hospital in Kidderminster.

An artist’s impression of the Lea Castle housing development, in Kidderminster

Over the next eight years, 600 homes will be built at the 49-hectare site where the Lea Castle Hospital was based.

The development will include one, two, three and four-bedroom homes. Citizen are working with Vistry Partnerships to build 240 affordable homes – 59 social rent, 100 affordable rent and 81 shared ownership – and 360 outright sale through a joint venture with Vistry Homes.

This £137 million development will provide more affordable housing than is required by the local planning authority.

The hospital buildings at the Lea Castle site have been demolished and sports grounds, play areas and natural open space will be created.

The site has extensive history including being used as a military camp in the Second World War and the site was occupied by the Royal Army Pay Corps until 1960. From the 1960s to 2008, the site was used as an NHS hospital and a place used as a care home for people who suffered with mental illness.

Some of the buildings remained in use until 2014.

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Executive director of development at Citizen, Nick Byrne, said: “This is a huge development for us and it’s fantastic to be working with Vistry Partnerships on this scheme.

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“This brownfield site has an extensive history and is well known in the area, so it is brilliant we have now started work on this development for 600 homes.

“The scheme will take eight years to complete and we are looking forward to bringing some much-needed homes to the area and creating community spaces too.”

James Warrington, division managing director at Vistry Partnerships added: “We are pleased to be working with Citizen again on another exciting housing development.

“The development will provide a range of new affordable homes, enhance the existing landscaping and boost economic growth in the area.

“We are looking forward to see it develop over the next few years.”

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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