Houses planned for Hitchin Hospital?

Hitchin Hospital could be turned into housing

Hitchin Hospital could be turned into housing - Credit: Daniel Wilson

A hospital which has stood empty for two years could be turned into housing.

The decision to close Hitchin Hospital in Oughton Head Way was made by the now defunct primary care trust, in March 2012, which said the Victorian facility was “outdated”.

The hospital had capacity for 10 patients and saw services commissioned to care homes in North Herts and Stevenage.

The site, which was worth an estimated £1.5m when valued in 2012, has not yet been sold but an NHS Property Services spokesman said: “Hitchin Hospital has been declared surplus to NHS requirements by East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. NHS Property Services is currently in discussion with the Homes and Community Agency in connection with the disposal process at this time.”

District councillor Frank Radcliffe, who represents the Hitchin Oughton ward, said: “We do need affordable housing in the area but many residents will have concerns over the road infrastructure on the way to the hospital and on Oughton Head Way.”