Former Bexley Maternity Hospital sees development plan for 117 homes

The former site of Bexley Maternity Hospital near Barnehurst station could see 117 homes under new plans.

Bexley Council’s developer BexleyCo are behind the plan near Bursted Woods that would see 28 x 1 bed, 74 x 2 bed, and 7 x 3 bed flats and 8 x 3 bed houses.

Site overview

Bexley Maternity Hospital’s locally listed main block wold be retained and converted with new housing surrounding the structure. The existing GP surgery will remain.

BexleyCo developer have opted for a low level of “affordable” housing at just 15 per cent.

Proposed block

Looks like taxpayers will continue to be paying millions for temporary housing far and wide due to that decision.

History of site

The hospital building dates from 1937 and was added to Bexley’s local list in 2018:

“The investigation revealed local historical significance, primarily as an important municipal building which provides insight into both the growing population of the district in the interwar period as well as the expanding purview of local government into providing services for the public.

It also retains historic and architectural interest as a fine example of the restrained Art Deco style popular with public buildings constructed in the 1930s.”

Plans can be viewed here but as often seen with BexleyCo the application is not impressive. There’s few images showing how the development will appear in context as usually seen in Design and Access Statements.

For a proposal continuing 117 homes it’s poor form.

 

 

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