Unused buildings at West Cumberland Hospital site set to be demolished as part of £40m redevelopment

Demoltion is set to take place on the West Cumberland Hospital site as part of the ongoing £40 million redevelopment.

Copeland Council has received notice of plans to demolish housing stock on the hospital site in Whitehaven.

Hospital bosses have submitted the documents to determine if prior approval will be needed to carry out the works as they clear the site for redevelopment.

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A £40 million regeneration is underway at the hospital which will see up to 40 per cent of the original hospital replaced.

New state of the art facilities in phase two of the project include a paediatrics ward, assessment area and a care for the elderly ward. It follows the £90million first phase of the revamp in 2015.

The two-storey extension to West Cumberland Hospital was approved by Copeland Council’s planning panel in October 2021.

MP Trudy Harrison said: “I’m delighted that plans for the second phase of the West Cumberland Hospital redevelopment have been approved. The £40million redevelopment will bring about a significant upgrade in facilities benefitting our patients and staff for generations to come.”

In a demolition statement submitted to the council, WCH bosses said: “The housing stock buildings for demolition are located on Homewood Hill and Homewood Drive within the hospital site. Access to the sites will be directly off the main A595 Egremont Road onto Rutland Avenue leading to Homewood Drive and Homewood Hill.

“This will ensure construction traffic does not require to use the main hospital access roads (one-way system). Each site will have a specific access which will be clearly signed and under traffic marshal control.”

2020 saw the demolition of blocks A, C, D and W1 in phase one of the demolition process, following prior demolition works in 2015.

In the statement, a spokesperson for the hospital said: “Demolition will be by working across the sites separately to ensure one demolition face at any one time. Works would commence at Phase 1a followed by 1b, 2a and 2b.”

Regeneration plans are expected to be complete by 2024.

The public can view and comment on all applications for planning permission submitted in the area. To view plans submitted for Copeland have your say, visit: https://www.copeland.gov.uk/planning

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