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End of an era for Lucy Baldwin site as housing plans approved
A LANDMARK former Stourport hospital will be demolished to make way for 41 homes, after plans were given the green light.
Councillors on Wyre Forest District Council’s planning committee at a meeting last night admitted they could find no planning reason to refuse Taylor Wimpey’s application, as they had last November.
It will see the site’s main building knocked down and construction of 38 new houses and three flats in the existing lodge building. The Lucy Baldwin plaque will be retained at the site.
The committee’s main concerns were access to the site at the narrow Olive Grove, although planning officer Paul Round said opening up the Lucy Baldwin site would allow residents to turn their cars around.
Plans will see access from the north and south of the site but Conservative Stourport Town councillor John Holden urged the committee to consider a one-way gyratory highway system.
Independent Community and Health Concern (ICHC) councillor Nigel Thomas objected to the plans, saying the land had been “stolen from the people of Stourport” referring to a covenant, which has since been removed, placed on the land in 1931.
Liberal councillor Fran Oborski said, however: “This site has got to be developed. We cannot afford to have what is a relatively valuable site in a residential area just lying there decaying and rotting.”
ICHC councillor Liz Davies, born at the hospital, said she was disappointed it would not be put back into use as a community care facility but glad more than £200,000 would be given in education, highway and open space contributions as part of approval.
The site will also contain 29.3 per cent affordable housing.
Conservative councillor Marcus Hart said just two letters of objection had been received by planners and none were about highways.
“There were vehicles using it previously and there would be vehicles using it in whatever future usage it would have,” he added.
Lucy Baldwin Hospital was opened on April 16, 1929, by then Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and named after his wife but has fallen victim to vandalism since closing in 2006.