To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of homes that will be built as a result of the sale of NHS assets held by Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
4 March 2019
Sir Robert Naylor published his independent review on National Health Service property and estates in March 2017. It made a series of recommendations designed to support transformation of the NHS estate. The Review did not identify surplus land, nor recommend the sale of specific sites. It is for NHS land owners to determine which are surplus to requirements and to make them available for disposal. NHS land owners contribute to sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) estates strategies which consider the nature of the estate that is required across an STP to deliver clinical strategy and meet patient needs.
The NHS Surplus Land Annual Data Collection collects data on land owned by NHS trusts and foundation trusts which has been declared surplus and planned for future disposal. Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust reported only one planned disposal in the 2017-18 collection. This data is available at the following link:
The planned disposal related to vacant land on the Clatterbridge Hospital site. The land was disposed via statutory transfer to Homes England in March 2018. The sales proceeds, as reported in the Trust’s Annual Report and Accounts, were £4.4 million. In the 2017-18 data collection it was estimated that the site could deliver 95 homes. This figure will be confirmed through the planning process.