£25m housing development planned on former South Lanarkshire hospital site

Persimmon Homes West Scotland has lodged plans to build 196 new homes on the site of a former hospital.

The developer is hoping to secure permission to transform the 17-acre Stonehouse Hospital site with a £25 million development featuring a range of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes.

In literature lodged with South Lanarkshire Council, Persimmon said it will create 392 vehicle parking spaces on the site and has committed to creating a play area on-site.

The company also highlighted that the application marks its latest investment in South Lanarkshire, following developments in Larkhall and Cambuslang.

Doug Law, managing director of Persimmon Homes West Scotland, said: “Our commitment to investing and creating new homes in South Lanarkshire remains strong.

“In addition to our investment of £25m is our Section 75 contribution of £100,000 which will be safeguarded for improvements to local leisure/play provision in Stonehouse.”

Persimmon say the development “will also help support more than 800 jobs, including direct staff, contractors and the wider supplier network”.

Mr Law added: “The regeneration of this site will not only create jobs, it will also develop a range of quality homes that meet the needs of the current housing market and enhance the surroundings area with plans to retain existing trees at the front of the site.”

Built in 1896, Stonehouse Hospital was demolished in 2001.

NHS Lanarkshire confirmed in February that it was in talks with a national housebuilder over plans for the site after South Lanarkshire Council had granted the health board more time to market the site for residential development.

NHS Lanarkshire said it was “at an advanced stage in its negotiations with a national housebuilder with a view to concluding a sale of the property for private residential development”.

A spokesperson said: “The site has an extant planning consent in principle for residential development which was extended by South Lanarkshire Council in August 2016 for a further three years.”

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