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Work on Northampton 'eyesore' hospital starting soon

The former St Edmunds Hospital site
The former St Edmunds Hospital site has been labelled an "eyesore"

Work on a major redevelopment of an old hospital site in Northampton, which the borough council said had become "eyesore", is set to start in May.

The site of the former St Edmunds Hospital has been redundant since the hospital closed in 1998.

The plans involve the conversion of the main building for offices and the demolition of an infirmary building.

The West Northamptonshire Development Corporation said, after borough council backing, work should start in May.

Northampton Borough Council's planning committee backed the scheme last week. Its planning committee chair Scott Collins said he hoped the plan would remove an eyesore.

Rochmills, which is spearheading the development, is drawing up a legal agreement with the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC).

WNDC chief executive Peter Mawson said: "The redevelopment of this site will bring significant regeneration benefits to the town, create new jobs, as well as providing much needed care facilities."

The Rochmills plans include a retirement village and a critical care unit

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