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19/11/2007 | Three developers shortlisted for Stone House Hospital site, Dartford

The search is narrowing for a highly skilled and experienced developer to create a new, environmentally sustainable neighbourhood on a former Hospital site in Dartford, Kent.

National regeneration agency English Partnerships, which acquired the historic site near the town centre in Spring 2007, has this week shortlisted the following three developers:

  • Consortium of Barratt Homes Ltd and PJ Livesey Group Ltd
  • Gladedale Holdings Ltd
  • Consortium of Moat Homes Ltd and Ardmore Construction Ltd

These developers have all demonstrated a commitment to sustainable construction and energy efficiency in addition to previous experience of community engagement.

Formerly a Victorian asylum, all of the buildings at Stone House are Grade II listed and surrounded by open spaces and mature parkland.  The 6.1 ha site offers the potential to deliver a residential development incorporating the conversion and refurbishment of existing buildings as well as new build opportunities. All new buildings will be required to attain Level 3 of the government’s Code for Sustainable Homes. 

Members of the public are invited to view and comment on draft proposals for the Stone House site at an exhibition at Brent Primary School on Thursday 29 November 2007 and The Market Place on Saturday 1 December 2007.

John Carroll, Senior Regeneration Manager at English Partnerships said, “We are working with Dartford Borough Council to determine the best future use for the 140 year old Stone House Hospital on Cotton Lane. Local people are invited to attend the next public exhibition for an update on our progress and to comment on our proposals to create a sustainable, safe and attractive neighbourhood.

“Once appointed, our development partner will be expected to fully engage the local community in the regeneration process and take responsibility for the long-term management of the site.”  

The chosen developer will be announced in early 2008 and their first task will be to prepare a masterplan for Stone House Hospital site jointly with English Partnerships. 

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Notes to editors

A public exhibition of draft proposals for the Stone House site will be held in two locations by English Partnerships, the national regeneration agency, in partnership with Dartford Borough Council. This is part of a consultation process to determine the best future use for the 140 year old Stone House Hospital on Cotton Lane. Local people are invited to attend the next public exhibition to view and comment on the proposals at either:

Brent Primary School
London Road, Stone,
Dartford, Kent DA2 6BA
Thursday 29th November 2007
3.00pm to 5.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm

The Market Place
1 Bell Corner, High Street,
Dartford, Kent DA1
Saturday 1st December
11.00am to 3.00pm

English Partnerships is the government’s national regeneration agency. Our aim is to deliver high quality, sustainable growth in England.

English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation are working with the Department for Communities and Local Government to establish the proposed Homes and Communities Agency.

The Hospital Sites Programme is a nationwide programme to bring a portfolio of 96 redundant hospital sites back into productive use. Totalling 1,600 ha of land, the sites offer a mixture of development opportunities and will make a significant contribution to English Partnerships’ objective to make the best use of surplus public sector land. The sites offer the potential to generate up to 14,000 new homes in sustainable communities.  Approximately half will be affordable, including properties for first-time buyers.

For further information, please contact:

Judith Hewitt
English Partnerships
tel: 020 7531 2465
email: judithhewitt@englishpartnerships.co.uk

Anna Davidson
ING Media
tel: 020 7247 8334
email: anna@ing-media.com