MORE than 90 homes are set to be built on land next to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

The planning application, submitted by SevenHomes and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust was approved by Redditch Borough Council’s planning committee.

The development, named Wire Croft, will feature 92 homes including a mixture of one-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom homes with 20 per cent allocated as affordable housing.

Abdul Ali, executive director and head of office for SevenHomes, said: “The existing buildings have remained unoccupied for over a decade, so we are delighted to have received the green light from committee to breathe new life into this currently vacant site.

“With its proximity to the hospital and connectivity to the main town centre and Birmingham city centre, the site offers a fantastic location for good quality, modern family homes for local residents.

“Crucially, the development will not only enhance the local area and support housing demand but will also positively contribute towards improving facilities at Alexandra Hospital through the capital raised.”

Redditch Advertiser: An artist's impression of what the new homes could look like.An artist's impression of what the new homes could look like. (Image: SevenHomes.)

The development will provide around £700,000 in financial contributions towards education, sporting pitch improvements, highways, and public transport, as well as £50,000 towards further town centre enhancements.

Currently, the northern half of the site includes 198 spaces for a staff car park but the loss of spaces has already been mitigated as a separate approved planning application will lead to the creation of two new car parks on the hospital site.

There are also three empty residential blocks which were constructed in the 1980s when the provision of on-site staff accommodation was a part of hospital operations.

A document prepared for the planning committee states: “These apartments have remained unoccupied since June 2013 when these three blocks were decommissioned.

“Following this, they were put on the Department for Health and Social Care Register of surplus land since December 2016.”