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Kingston Hospital

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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Photo of Lord Lexden Lord Lexden Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

Her Majesty's Government how many postal votes were submitted by members of the armed forces abroad at (1) the 2016 EU referendum, and (2) the 2017 general election.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions NHS Property Services and the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have had with the local community about the future use of the Regent Wing at Kingston Hospital.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits that may accrue to the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from the sale of the Regent Wing at Kingston Hospital to a commercial developer.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether either NHS Property Services or the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust considered applying for a listing through an application to Historic England in respect of the Regent Wing at Kingston Hospital before selling the building for commercial development.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS Property Services report that it does not own any part of the estate of Kingston Hospital.

The Regent Wing required major capital investment to make it fit for purpose and would not provide appropriate modern healthcare facilities. The Trust has therefore saved substantial costs by disposing of the asset but has also been able to utilise the proceeds for other capital projects across the estate.

Before disposing of the asset, the Trust undertook a full heritage survey of the Regent Wing as part of its pre-application process with the local authority – no comments were made by the local community or local authority. The building was not found to be of significant worth nationally.

In addition, it undertakes regular community engagement sessions led by the Trust’s Chief Executive Officer, which has included the Regent Wing disposal. The purchaser of the site is planning to utilise it to develop residential accommodation.

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