Former Dartmouth and Kingswear Community site
Published: 3 August 2022
We are pleased to share that we have agreed Heads of Terms to sell the site of the former Dartmouth and Kingswear Community Hospital to Dartmouth Town Council.
The sale will release monies to fund our contribution to the new Dartmouth Health and Wellbeing Centre which is due to open later this year. It has always been our intent to make sure that an element of any sale must deliver social value to the communities in Dartmouth and the surrounding area as well as being commercially viable.
Last year independent health and social care champion, Healthwatch, carried out a survey on behalf of Dartmouth Town Council and ourselves to seek local people’s views. 85% of those who took the time to give their views were keen to see a community bid for the site, to deliver social benefit as well as economic value for the community.
Sir Richard Ibbotson, Chairman, said: “We recognise that the former hospital is dear to local people’s hearts and occupies a prime waterfront site. We wanted to make sure that local people benefit from any development of the site and we are delighted that we have been able to support Dartmouth Town Council to purchase the site.
Liz Davenport, Chief Executive, said: “We would like to thank Dartmouth Town Council and in particular Councillor Ged Yardy, for their dedication and commitment to working with us. We would also like to thank the people of Dartmouth and surrounding areas for sharing their views with us throughout this process and of course we are, as always, very grateful to Healthwatch for helping us to hear the views of local people.”
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