Community, Council, Health

Hospital land sale set for public scrutiny

Council have given their approval to subdivide land at Wairau Hospital. Photo: Supplied.

The sale of land at Wairau Hospital will come under public scrutiny as the health board seeks opinion from the community.

Public opinion on the sale of 6.3 hectares of land at Wairau Hospital is being sought.

The move comes after Marlborough District Council approved the proposed subdivision.

A spokeswoman from Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) says the public submission process is a legislative requirement.

She says all submissions will be considered before the Board makes a final decision.

“NMH has been aware for some time that there is a surplus of land at Wairau hospital.

“When the Hospital was redeveloped in 2008-2010 the rebuild size confirmed the size requirement for the hospital,” she says.

The proposal would see the subdivision of existing residential units and an empty building at 46 Hospital Rd.

Eight new residential units could potentially be built on an empty block of land behind Marlborough Hospice.

But the final decision over how the land is used would be up to the buyer.

“The use of the land will ultimately be determined by a new owner. However, it will be zoned for residential use at the conclusion of the subdivision,” the spokeswoman says.

A Marlborough community housing group who provide supported living for seniors declared an interest in the site earlier this year.

Abbeyfield Marlborough is working with Abbeyfield NZ to develop to establish an Abbeyfield house for 12 residents in the Marlborough district.

It is currently looking to source a suitable site and fundraise.

Health bosses says the plan would leave them with around 7.7 hectares for any future hospital development.

A spokeswoman says money made from any sale would be retained by the board.

The closing date for submissions is 13 September 2019.

How to make a submission

Submissions must be dated, signed and include the following information:

  1. Your name, postal address, telephone and email address (if applicable)
  2. A statement confirming that the submission is made on the disposal of Wairau Hospital East Block
  3. Your view on the proposed sale of the property

A copy of the submission must be received by NMH by 5pm Friday 13 September 2019 at this address:

Wairau surplus land submission
Corporate office
Nelson Marlborough Health
Private Bag 18
Nelson 7040

Alternatively, the submission may be made to the following email address: [email protected]

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