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New partners found for Lancaster Moor development

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced it has found a number of new development partners to help move forward the Lancaster Moor Hospital renovation.

Developers PJ Livesey and Story Homes have been chosen by the HCA to head the ambitious project, which will ensure a restoration of the grade II-listed Lancaster Moor site on Quernmore Road in Lancaster.

The scheme will result in the delivery of up to 440 new high-quality care homes at the 15.76-hectare site.

Andrew Dobson, Lancaster City Council's head of regeneration and policy, said: "The city council has worked hard to find the flexibility to help the HCA restructure this development opportunity and we are delighted that development partners have been found to move the scheme forward."

Lancaster Moor Hospital was designed by architect Arnold Kershaw and constructed in 1882 as an annexe to accommodate mental health patients. It was latterly utilised as an NHS facility before closing in 1999.

PJ Livesey will be responsible for obtaining listed property consent for the project, while Story will build the majority of new buildings at the development. In total, the deal is believed to be worth £67.8 million.

Preparatory work for the renovation of the site is expected to get underway later this month.

Meanwhile, the HCA recently announced the opening of the bidding process for its new Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund, which aims to provide grants for developers to deliver more affordable homes for vulnerable members of society across the UK.

Chief executive of the HCA Pat Ritchie said: "This fund recognises the benefits which high-quality housing opportunities for both older and disabled people can have in allowing them to remain independent for longer - raising their quality of life and helping reduce the burden on the health service." 

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