Plans to upgrade a mental health hospital in Northumberland have been given the green light, which forms part of a wider £72m development programme.

The proposals from Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust will see the current hospital extended, and elements of the site being remodelled. The remodelling will see existing low-secure hospital now move to low and medium-secure clinical units.

The plans were backed by the Council’s planning committee and approved almost unanimously by Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee.

This project is just one of a number being brought forward as the NHS Foundation Trust delivers their CEDAR Programme (Care Environment Development and Re-Provision) which will see major upgrades across its estate. A £60m overhaul of Northgate Hospital forms the largest part of this scheme, and they’re also looking to build 130 homes to create commercial revenue to fund the project. Over £3m is also earmarked for St Nicholas’ Hospital’s Bamburgh Unit in Gosforth, whilst £8.4m will be used at Ferndene.

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