Derelict Holywell hospital could be turned into new homes

Published date: 25 March 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A FORMER hospital building hit by fire three years ago could be given a new lease of life.

Developers plan to transform the main Grade II listed building at Holywell’s old Lluesty Hospital into 47 new homes.

It includes eight three bedroom town houses, 26 apartments and 12 three bedroom terrace houses.

The plans submitted by Kehar Builders Ltd also suggests turning the former chapel into a four bedroom detached house.

The hospital, which started life in the 1830s as a Victorian workhouse, closed in 2008 when Holywell Community Hospital on Halkyn Road opened.

Since then it has stood derelict and has become a target for vandals and anti-social behaviour.

Holywell councillor Gareth Roberts believes the investment would be great for the whole area.

“There has been quite a lot of vandalism there – once the place is developed I think it will deter vandals.

“It looks a very sorry sight because of vandalism.”

The proposals have been viewed as a step forward by other community leaders in the area – who are in full support of the plans.

Mayor of Holywell Ted Palmer said if developers want to bring a derelict building back into use he would welcome the idea.

“It is the first thing you see when you come into Holywell so it is important it looks nice,” he added.

Cllr Palmer said the town council needs to find out who owns the second plot on the site and encourage them to do something with it.

Cllr Peter Curtis believes it is important that the building is brought back into use otherwise it will just get worse.

“We are also in need of accommodation in Holywell,” he added.

Cllr Roberts said the planning application is to be discussed further at a town council meeting in May.

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