Sale of hospi­tal site pro­gresses

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­david­sey­mour

HOSPI­TAL bosses say they are ex­pect­ing to have cho­sen a pre­ferred buyer for the for­mer Peter­bor­ough Dis­trict Hospi­tal site by the end of June.

This is the mes­sage from Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, eight months af­ter the site in Thorpe Road went on the open mar­ket.

Peter­bor­ough Dis­trict Hospi­tal closed at the end of 2010 when the trust’s new £289 mil­lion Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal opened in Bret­ton.

At the trust’s board of gov­er­nors meet­ing in Jan­uary, chair­man Nigel Hards said a pre­ferred bid­der could be agreed as early as May. He gave an up­date to the ET about the sale yes­ter­day.

He said: “The trust is cur­rently work­ing with its land agents on the sale of the Peter­bor­ough Dis­trict Hospi­tal site. There are a num­ber of bid­ders for the site. How­ever, the ex­act num­ber and iden­tity of those bid­ders has to be kept con­fi­den­tial for com­mer­cial rea­sons.

“We ex­pect to de­cide who the pre­ferred bid­der is by the end of June. Af­ter this, a timetable will be de­vel­oped with the pre­ferred bid­der and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s plan­ning team to dis­cuss plans for the site.”

He added: “The main fo­cus for the trust is to seek the max­i­mum yield from the land in or­der to plough that back into pa­tient ser­vices in the city.”

Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son urged the trust to push ahead with the sale.

He said: “I’m quite dis­ap­pointed this site has now been derelict for more than 18 months and it’s a public as­set which has lain empty and for all in­tents and pur­poses use­less, which could have been sold for a good sum of money to as­sist the hospi­tal trust with their fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.”

Mr Jack­son also ques­tioned the amount of cash paid to prop­erty con­sul­tant Jones Lang Lasalle, as well as when it was for­merly King Sturge, by the trust - a sum which is in the hun­dreds of thou­sands.

Mr Ste­wart said: “I think there’s an is­sue about value for money there. They just need to get on with it and get the prop­erty sold and the land sold.”

The trust has pre­vi­ously said Jones Lang Lasalle pro­vides ex­pert con­sul­tancy pre­par­ing the land for sale which could not have been com­pleted by its own staff.

Yes­ter­day a trust spokes­woman added there had been “no hold-up” in the process.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil has also been pro­vid­ing ad­vice for po­ten­tial new own­ers.

A spokes­woman said: “The Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust re­quested pre-ap­pli­ca­tion ad­vice about the for­mer Peter­bor­ough Dis­trict Hospi­tal site for it­self and any bid­ders there might be for the site.

“We agreed to pro­vide this ser­vice which in­volved plan­ning of­fi­cers giv­ing ad­vice and feed­back on in­dica­tive draft schemes pre­pared by bid teams.”

site sale: Peter­bor­ough Dis­trict Hospi­tal in Thorpe Road, Peter­bor­ough.

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