HOUSING development is likely to be considered for the site of Warrington Hospital if a new facility is built elsewhere in the town.

Health chiefs have been considering a list of locations for the proposed new hospital in the borough, with the potential for the current Lovely Lane land also included.

A site could be selected by January but potential places remain under wraps.

It comes amid repeated concerns over the hospital’s ageing estate and battle with maintenance costs.

As reported in April, the health scrutiny committee was told that more than £2 million has been invested into the site over the past 12 months.

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But, by 2028, hospital bosses expect there to be backlog in costs of around £30 million.

The topic was discussed at the leader’s forum at Birchwood Community High School on Tuesday.

During the evening, council leader Cllr Russ Bowden highlighted the need for any new facility to be accessible to residents, particularly via public transport.

He said: “In terms of the current hospital, I think we recognise the state of the building.

“I think there are a lot of challenges in the NHS.

“I think there is a job of work to do for colleagues in the NHS to identify what the hospital offer will be in Warrington.

“But I am confident that there is the opportunity to get a brand new hospital for Warrington on a new site, which is to be accessible for people in Warrington on a fair basis.

“I would say a town centre hospital – there are lot of benefits to the town centre.”

Cllr Bowden (LAB – Birchwood) also highlighted the need for ‘political leadership’ on the issue and believes the council must have a ‘strong voice’ at the table during discussions with health chiefs.

He added that housing could be considered for the current site, if a new facility is built elsewhere.