Rushmoor Borough Council’s Development Management Committee has given the go ahead to bring the iconic Cambridge Military and Louise Margaret Hospitals back into use as part of the Wellesley development.
Agreed at the Development Management Committee meeting last night (Wednesday 14th September), the plans submitted by Grainger plc were unanimously approved to convert the listed former hospital buildings into family homes.
John Beresford, Development Director at Grainger, said: “Following our public consultation last year we understand how much these important buildings mean to the town and local residents. We have worked closely with Historic England and Rushmoor Borough Council to ensure that we make the most of this beautiful site while creating homes that meet family needs. By redeveloping the buildings and the surrounding area, it will bring the site back into use and secure the buildings future as a wonderful place for families to live and the community to be part of.”
The agreed plans see the Cambridge Military and Louise Margaret Hospitals converted into 115 private rental family homes ranging from one-bedroom apartments to 4-bedroom houses with gardens. The buildings will be taken back to their original layout by retaining the principal Victorian buildings and removing any later additions that are out of keeping. All new additions will be sympathetic and enhance the historic assets.
The impressive central core of the Cambridge Military Hospital will be developed into flexible commercial community space encouraging the wider public to interact with the building, while to the front of the buildings there will be enhanced public open space with key views of the hospital and clock tower that families can enjoy. The area will be a key feature of the wider Wellesley heritage trail which will celebrate the areas rich history.
John Beresford added: “We are delighted that our Cambridge Military Hospital and Louise Margaret Hospital planning applications have been well received and approved by Rushmoor Borough Council’s Development Management Committee. The Cambridge Military hospital is an important landmark in Aldershot, both from a place making and community perspective.”
Councillor John Marsh, Vice Chairman of Rushmoor Borough Council’s Development Management Committee, said: “The Cambridge Military and Louise Margaret Hospitals are such important and iconic buildings in the landscape and heritage of Aldershot - and in the history of many of our residents. The Committee was very impressed with Grainger’s proposals and pleased that the buildings will be taken back to their original layout, providing new homes and community space for local people. Grainger is to be congratulated on taking on this task and we look forward to seeing the redevelopment take shape and these beautiful buildings restored to their former glory.”
Councillor Maurice Sheehan, who chairs Rushmoor Borough Council’s Aldershot Regeneration Group, said: “Aldershot regeneration is one of the council’s highest priorities and the Wellesley development is key to its success, as it will bring new residents into the town over the next decade. The restoration and redevelopment of the Cambridge Military and Louise Margaret Hospitals is a significant and high profile part of the Wellesley project and we are delighted that the Development Management Control Committee approved the regeneration scheme unanimously.”