New homes well under way at old city hospital site

The new properties being built next to the former Moor Hospital site.
The new properties being built next to the former Moor Hospital site.

This aerial image shows the progress being made after a year’s work on a new housing development on land close to the former Moor Hospital.

The picture of the High Wood development, by Story Homes, shows the first phase of houses, many of which are now completed and occupied.

Just eight months on from the sales launch of High Wood, 37 properties have been bought, most of them off plan.

The High Wood development includes 197 new homes on the land surrounding the former Lancaster Moor hospital building.

The community of three, four and five-bedroom homes offers a mixture of detached, semi-detached, terraced and town houses.

Working closely with the Homes and Communities Agency, the scheme has also helped to provide funding to redevelop the hospital building into apartments.

One of the first residents at High Wood, Jonathan Smith, said: “High Wood is what Lancaster has needed for years; an executive development in tranquil surroundings, appealing to young and old alike.

“We absolutely love the quality and finish of our new home and the rooms are fantastically spacious, light and airy. We think that the company and the development is very family friendly.

“The view is great and the tree lined drive sets it all off. We really are impressed and look forward to making High Wood our family home for decades to come.”

Jonathan and his family bought a four-bedroom detached home on the development after reserving off plan in late 2013. Jonathan, 32, wife Stephanie, 30, and son Thomas, one, moved into their new home in May.

Meanwhile, Lancaster City Council’s planning committee will discuss plans for the second phase of the conversion of the Moor Hospital’s Annexe to 51 homes when it meets on Monday. The plans include 17 one-bed, 26 two-bed and eight three-bed apartments, with 68 parking spaces.