Moor Hospital housing plans given go-ahead

Lancaster Moor Hospital.
Lancaster Moor Hospital.

Housing is to be developed at the iconic former Moor Hospital site after plans were given the green light this week.

The first phase of work at the listed building includes the conversion of the Annexe building to 34 homes with car parking.

This phase of conversion works comprises 11 one-bed, 18 two-bed and five three-bed apartments, primarily within the central section of the Annexe building, including the impressive central tower.

Access would be gained from the western gateway in Quernmore Road. The existing circular access road around the Annexe would be modified slightly to accommodate the proposed external works.

In addition, 105 car parking spaces are proposed to the external areas on the western and eastern sides of the Annexe.

Existing trees will be retained and additional planting and other landscaping features are proposed, including the landscaping of the internal courtyard area.

The Annexe building was designed in a gothic revival style. It is three storeys high and has a central tower of six storeys.

Members of the city council’s planning committee agreed to approve the proposal after hearing that planning officers considered it to be “well-considered and appropriate for this impressive listed building.”

The hospital has been derelict since 1991. It opened in 1816 and was Lancaster’s first county asylum.

At one point it could hold up to 3,200 patients.