CHANGES have been made to controversial plans to replace an iconic Stourport former hospital with housing, which will now go back before planners.

Taylor Wimpey has resubmitted its plans to develop the Lucy Baldwin Hospital site after Wyre Forest District Council’s planning committee refused to back proposals last November.

It would see the main building demolished, with 38 new houses built - up from 37 originally - and the existing lodge building converted into three apartments - reduced from four after councillors criticised the flats as “rabbit hutch-like”.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “We have submitted a fresh planning application for a high-quality new homes development at the site.

“Our new scheme has been drawn up following consultation with senior district council officers and responds to the points raised by the planning committee in refusing our previous application.”

At November’s meeting, councillors widely criticised the site’s poor access at Olive Grove and Stourport Town Council submitted an objection, arguing the site would be “over-developed”.

It is unclear how the new plans tackle those issues. The application is currently in a consultation period until Thursday, February 21.

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.