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Exchange of contracts for Southwold Hospital project

Exchange of contracts for Southwold Hospital project

“The community can be enormously proud of what has been achieved. This is the first time in England and Wales that a hospital has been bought back for community use. This is a visionary project that will make a huge difference to Southwold and Reydon, and we could not have done it without Hastoe’s help.”

Picture: Nick Butcher/Archant

The dreams of an ambitious community group are a step closer to becoming a reality after contracts were exchanged for the acquisition of their town’s former hospital.

SouthGen (Southwold and Waveney Valley Regeneration Society Ltd) has been leading the charge behind a campaign that would see the old Southwold and District Hospital move into the hands of local people.

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Transformation of old Southwold Hospital given green light

Transformation of old Southwold Hospital given green light

“The key to this development is that it has a real emphasis on community, as has been shown by our engagement with hundreds of people.”

Hundreds of people have been attending public meetings to discuss the proposal. Picture: Nick Butcher/Archant

Will Windell, chairman of Southwold Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee, said: “This is a huge relief after nearly two years of extremely hard work, several public meetings and consultations, as well as three applications – it’s very exciting!

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Vision to transform former hospital moves closer

Vision to transform former hospital moves closer

Our vision to transform former hospital into community building with library, crèche and café moves closer

Campaigners will discover on Tuesday night whether plans to turn a redundant hospital site into a community hub will be given the go-ahead.

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Nick Butcher/Archant

Waveney District Council’s planning committee will discuss an application from Hastoe Housing Association, on behalf of SouthGen – Southwold and Waveney Valley Regeneration Society Ltd – for “a community led mixed use redevelopment of the former Southwold and District Hospital site”.

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Oyez, Oyez, Oyez, Save Our Southwold!

Southwold’s new Town Crier, Mr David Burrows used his inaugural cry to invite the community to purchase shares, sold to help develop the former Southwold Hospital site for community use . . . but only if a community bid to purchase the site is successful.

David Burrows, the Town crier standing outside Southwold Town Hall