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New homes plan for old hospital site in Peterborough

Peterborough District Hospital
The plan includes a suggestion to retain trees on the old hospital site

Hundreds of new homes could be built on the site of a district hospital in Cambridgeshire due to close in 2011.

A four-week public consultation is beginning on Friday on redevelopment plans for Peterborough District Hospital in the Thorpe Road area.

The city council said between 350 and 550 homes could be built on four parcels of land it currently occupies.

The redevelopment could go ahead as soon as the new Peterborough City Hospital at Bretton Gate is finished.

Houses and apartments

City council planning officers have developed initial proposals in partnership with property specialists from King Sturge.

The public is being asked to comment on the ideas for a mix of family houses, apartments and small shops close to the city centre and proposed Station Quarter development area.

Thirty per cent of the new homes would be affordable housing.

The outline scheme suggests retaining historic buildings - such as The Gables and the core part of the Memorial Hospital - and improving pedestrian and cycle routes.

The four land parcels included in the proposals are: the main district hospital and Memorial Hospital site; the existing maternity unit; medical staff accommodation accessed from Holdich Street; and a car park area off Alderman's Drive.

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