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Stockport Times West - - NEWS -

EW pro­pos­als for

site for a for­mer hos­pi­tal have seen the num­ber of pro­posed prop­er­ties halved.

Last sum­mer the coun­cil gave plan­ning per­mis­sion for 300 homes to be built at the old Barnes Hos­pi­tal near the M60 in Chea­dle.

It was the 17th ap­pli­ca­tion put for­ward since the hos­pi­tal closed in 1999. But no work has ever been car­ried out and new, mod­i­fied plans are now set to be sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil by prop­erty de­vel­op­ers Hen­ley Homes plc.

The de­vel­op­ment, to be known as Barnes Vil­lage, will see 155 new homes built on the site with 38 con­structed within the Gothic Grade II-listed hos­pi­tal build­ing, in­clud­ing town­houses and 16 apart­ments.

On the area sur­round­ing the main build­ing there will be two, three and four bed­room fam­ily-sized homes.

The for­mer Army con­va­les­cent home was built in the late 19th cen­tury but since its clo­sure has reached a crit­i­cal stage of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion due to ne­glect.

The hos­pi­tal was built in 1875 by Robert Barnes and it op­er­ated through­out the world wars, car­ing for in­jured­sol­dier­sand­pa­tients with tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and yel­low fever. It was later used for older pa­tients and stroke suf­fer­ers but closed after health­care bud­get cuts.

The build­ings later tem­po­rar­ily housed a large group of refugees from Kosovo and was briefly oc­cu­pied by trav­ellers in 2007.

It has been plagued by van­dal­ism and is one of five north west build­ings on the Her­itage at Risk reg­is­ter.

A com­puter-gen­er­ated im­age of the pro­posed Barnes Vil­lage scheme

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