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New plans revealed for former Peak District hospital

Cube Homes has unveiled plans to build an £18m development of new homes on the grounds of a 19th century hospital in the Peak District, with construction expected to start later in the year.

The developer obtained planning consent in April to construct 40 family homes on the 4.2 acre site of Shire Hill Hospital in Old Glossop. The project will be a mixture of new build and refurbishment and will also include the provision of four affordable homes.  

The infirmary closed in 2018 when services were transferred to Tameside General, and outline planning permission was allowed for the construction of up to 52 dwellings in September 2022.

Constructed in the early 1830s, the Glossop Union Workhouse was set up to provide relief for the poor, but conditions were deliberately harsh to ensure only the very desperate applied to enter, with residents forced to do hard manual labour and children sent to work in factories. An infirmary building was added and extended in 1927 and during the First World War beds were set aside for British Military casualties. It became Glossop Public Assistance Institution in 1930 and joined the National Health Service as Shire Hill Hospital in 1948. 

Chris Heath, managing director of Cube Homes, said: “This is one of our most exciting developments yet and will not only see us building 30 new homes but also restoring the former workhouse building and converting it into ten new townhouses, providing much need new housing for the local area. 

“We will be transforming an abandoned brownfield site into a high quality housing scheme with public green spaces which reflects the historic context of the site and also pays tribute to the lives of the people who once lived there and the medical staff who worked in the hospital."

Shire Hill is on the edge of Old Glossop village and the Peak District National Park. The historic village is filled with characterful buildings and is home to the 14th century All Saints Church, traditional local pubs and a micro brewery. Glossop train station and town centre are less than a mile to the south of the development with a mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, along with a large Tesco superstore.

Old Glossop is around 14 miles from Manchester and 24 miles from Sheffield. There are frequent train services operating between Glossop and Manchester Piccadilly and the A57 is less than a mile south, offering access to the M67, M60 and M62 to the west and Sheffield City Centre and the M1 to the east.  

For more information visit www.cubehomes.com

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