LAND at the back of the Alexandra Hospital is set to be sold off to allow development to take place.
The Homes and Communities Agency is looking to build on land they own behind the Woodrow Drive hospital – but access to the site is via land belonging to Redditch Borough Council.
At a recent executive meeting, councillors voted in favour of declaring the Nine Days Line plot surplus to their requirements and are looking to sell it either in part or entirely.
They also agreed access rights across their land should be granted to the HCA if needed to allow development to take place.
The council land is currently earmarked for employment usage but Amanda de Warr, head of customer access and financial support, said planners had indicated it may be possible to change the usage to housing or a mixing of both if the need could be proven.
The report said on its own the land belonging to the council had ‘little value’.
“It would therefore be beneficial to seek to transfer the access rights to the HCA for which a ‘ransom’ would be paid and to seek to sell the RBC land to the purchaser of the HCA land, to benefit from a more efficient use of the land.”
Coun John Fisher, responsible for corporate management, added: “This is another asset we are moving forward with and working through what can be done. We are getting on with it and getting the best deal for Redditch.”