Loughborough General Hospital set to be demolished

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A dilapidated Leicestershire hospital is set to be demolished.

In 2003, Loughborough General Hospital, on Baxtergate, closed because of financial problems.

The council has now given permission for most of the building to be pulled down from April. A listed Victorian frontage would be cleaned and kept.

The building, which was covered with graffiti and had its windows smashed, has been described as an eyesore by the community.

Previously, developer Domain Baxtergate Ltd has had plans to build student accommodation on the site rejected.

Ideas for the building include a bus station, shops, a conference centre and student housing.

The hospital, which had only 24 beds when it opened in 1862, was replaced by a modern facility on Epinal Way in the town.

The owner is aiming to demolish the building by June.

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