Order prevents Moreton-in-Marsh Cottage Hospital demolition

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The building was closed in 2012 after a new hospital opened on the outskirts of the town

A restriction order has been placed on a Victorian hospital in Gloucestershire to prevent it from being demolished.

Cotswold District Council served notice on the unoccupied Moreton-in-Marsh Cottage Hospital citing it as "an important heritage asset".

The council said there was no planning control in place that would prevent its demolition.

Owners NHS Property Services said it will work with the council to "secure the best future" for the site.

Situated in Hospital Road, the building closed in 2012 when it was replaced by the new £11m North Cotswolds Hospital on the outskirts of Moreton-in-Marsh.

Sue Jepson from the council said while the hospital was not a listed building, it is "prominent" in the town and the site lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

She said the the six-month order was put in place because the building is no longer in use as a hospital and there is currently no planning control in place that would prevent its demolition.

"Not only is the hospital of architectural and historic interest, it is also viewed by the local community as a cherished landmark building," Ms Jepson said.

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