UPDATE: Budock Hospital site off market after parliamentary debate

Falmouth Packet: Budock site to go to highest bidder - Puts school sports plan in jeopardy Budock site to go to highest bidder - Puts school sports plan in jeopardy

UPDATE: Following a parliamentary debate the Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, has intervened in the sale of the former Budock Hospital site and taken it off the open market.

Negotiations are ongoing with the site's owners, NHS Property Services (NHSPS), who have tabled the suggestion of a "land-swap."

This would see Falmouth School's land at Union Corner, valued at £2 million, given to NHSPS in exchange for the Budock Hospital site, which is valued at £750,000.

The school were planning on using the sale of the land at Union Corner to fund their sports plans.

Local MP Sarah Newton will chair a meeting between the two parties next week (Friday, June 21) in an attempt to resolve the stalemate.

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A bid to stop the former Budock Hospital site being sold off to the highest bidder has been taken to the corridors of power.

The property services arm of the NHS has put the site on the open market despite Falmouth School having approached them with their plans for an all-weather sports facility.

The sports pitch with changing rooms would be used by the school and also available to the wider community. The school plans to sell off its sports fields opposite the hospital site at Union Corner to fund the project.

Fears that the scheme could be stymied if the hospital site is sold to the highest bidder has seen Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, lead a debate on the sale of the land in the Houses of Parliament.

Mrs Newton is calling for a pause in the sale and for NHS Property Services to look again at the plans put forward by Falmouth School.

Mrs Newton secured a debate in the House of Commons yesterday so these concerns could be addressed directly to the Health Minister.

She will also chair a meeting between Falmouth School and NHS Property Services which is due to take place soon.

Mrs Newton said: “While I was disappointed that the land was simply going to be sold to the highest bidder rather than put to the best use for the community, I am pleased that NHS Property Services have decided to pause and give more time listen to the school’s proposals.

“The redevelopment of this site into a top quality sporting facility will not only benefit students at the school, but will provide an excellent asset to the community as a whole. I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to make this case to Parliament and to get the relevant parties to look again at these plans.”

Sandra Critchley, headteacher of Falmouth School said: “I would like to thank Sarah Newton for her help and intervention, at the highest levels, in support of the sports development proposals for the school and the town of Falmouth.

“I am really delighted that we now have the opportunity to discuss the options fully with the relevant bodies to secure a way forward and feel sure that with Sarah’s continued support we will be able to achieve an amicable solution which will enable the dream to become a reality.”

The school’s land is being marketed by Alder King and Mrs Critchley is hopeful it will prove a more attractive proposal for developers. “We believe that developers would find our site more preferable than the Budock site for development,” she said.

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12:08pm Thu 13 Jun 13

GrahamHarris says...

The NHS is paid for by the Government and presumably so is the school.

In a way, the land would just be moving from one department to another and, ultimately, as a taxpayer, I'll be paying for it anyway!!
The NHS is paid for by the Government and presumably so is the school. In a way, the land would just be moving from one department to another and, ultimately, as a taxpayer, I'll be paying for it anyway!! GrahamHarris

6:18pm Thu 13 Jun 13

seacom says...

Where do they get their valuations from if the land at Union corner is worth 2million it must already have planning permission granted on it.As for Budock Hospital site at only 750k what a bargain i suggest we the tax payers start to raise funds to buy it and build a new hospital for the town.I know both sites are publically owned by taxpayers but what a chance to improve health provision in Falmouth.
Where do they get their valuations from if the land at Union corner is worth 2million it must already have planning permission granted on it.As for Budock Hospital site at only 750k what a bargain i suggest we the tax payers start to raise funds to buy it and build a new hospital for the town.I know both sites are publically owned by taxpayers but what a chance to improve health provision in Falmouth. seacom

11:03am Sun 16 Jun 13

Lanty Slee says...

No doubt it's a £2 million valuation based on the value of the land if it were to have houses built on.

And the £750,000 valuation is based upon educational use, or so I've read.

Nice idea about building a new hospital - but if you're buying the land off the NHS... who demolished the pre-existing medical facilites on the site... is this new hospital going to be a private hospital?

If so, I don't think we the taxpayers should be funding it.
No doubt it's a £2 million valuation based on the value of the land if it were to have houses built on. And the £750,000 valuation is based upon educational use, or so I've read. Nice idea about building a new hospital - but if you're buying the land off the NHS... who demolished the pre-existing medical facilites on the site... is this new hospital going to be a private hospital? If so, I don't think we the taxpayers should be funding it. Lanty Slee

2:34pm Sun 16 Jun 13

MARTIN GILL says...

A pity that Sarah ( Hick ) Newton MP , has not expressed more concern about the loss of Countryside in the area following the multiple Planning Applications. There is no doubt that every Company planning to build new Housing Estates between Kergilliack and Maenporth will get the nod from the Planning Committee at Cornwall Council, however many people object. I could'nt care less what type of Houses are built, or how many are for first time buyers et al. We see development taking place on a new Estate at Swanvale which will provide a lot of new houses, especially if all of the former Oil Tank site is developed. Surely it is time for a pause, and for the people who live in the area to have a say in what is to be built. There is no way that Bickland Water Road could take a large increase in Traffic, so i suspect we will see new Roads constructed that will mean they link up directly to the Bypass.
A pity that Sarah ( Hick ) Newton MP , has not expressed more concern about the loss of Countryside in the area following the multiple Planning Applications. There is no doubt that every Company planning to build new Housing Estates between Kergilliack and Maenporth will get the nod from the Planning Committee at Cornwall Council, however many people object. I could'nt care less what type of Houses are built, or how many are for first time buyers et al. We see development taking place on a new Estate at Swanvale which will provide a lot of new houses, especially if all of the former Oil Tank site is developed. Surely it is time for a pause, and for the people who live in the area to have a say in what is to be built. There is no way that Bickland Water Road could take a large increase in Traffic, so i suspect we will see new Roads constructed that will mean they link up directly to the Bypass. MARTIN GILL

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