Old St Asaph hospital site is sold for new housing development


Kirstie Dolphin

A HISTORIC Denbighshire hospital and former workhouse has been sold.

The eight acres and Grade II-listed HM Stanley Hospital in St Asaph was put up for sale in April 2012 and has been sold to local developers.

The HM Stanley site was put on the market by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, and the chartered surveyors, Legat Owen advertised the sale of the building for eight months.

Stephen Wade, director of the Chester-based firm, said no price had been fixed for the structure which was deemed “surplus to requirements”.

The land was up for “informal tender,” and the bidding started in September with the sale notice offering “redevelopment potential for residential, healthcare or commercial uses.”

HM Stanley Hospital, which is included in the sale, was also a workhouse when it was home to its namesake, the controversial Victorian adventurer and journalist.
The workhouse dates back to 1838 and became a hospital in 1948, but the beginning of April 2012 saw the end of the eye care service.

The remainder of the site, including, doctors' accommodation, offices for Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and St Kentigern Hospice are not part of the sale.

Mr Wade said: “BCUHB have completed the sale of HM Stanley Hospital to a local developer following an informal tender process.

“The developer will be progressing their plans for the site which are likely to be based upon a residential development.

“Legat Owen acted for BCUHB throughout the process and are now instructed to sell sites in Bangor Wrexham and Llangollen as part of an asset realisation programme.”

The eight-acre site has already been earmarked for 172 houses as well as the 75 originally proposed in Denbighshire County Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP).

Legat Owens agent stated on their website: “St Asaph is identified as a Lower Growth Town. The potential for residential development relating to HM Stanley Hospital is specifically recognised within the LDP.”

The LDP has proposed to build 8,400 new homes in Denbighshire in the next 10 years.

St Asaph’s last Catholic school site, St Winefride’s has also been allocated for 21 homes and planning officers will be considering the housing application early this year.

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