PLANS for a major redevelopment of a historic Hampshire hospital have been unveiled.

The Grade II listed Fordingbridge hospital will be transformed into luxury flats if local people are in favour and the sale goes ahead.

The land and buildings are currently owned by NHS Property Services, but are sold subject to contract.

They have been empty for more than a year after services were gradually moved into other buildings, and the deal, thought to be worth more than £1m, has been welcomed by conservationists.

Landmark Estates has been talking to New Forest District Council before buying the former workhouse.

President of the Fordingbridge Society Edgar Moss said: “At first I wondered who would want a luxury flat in the middle of the hospital, but actually, for older people who want to be close to the hospital, GPs and the town, it is perfect.”

A spokesman for New Forest District Council said: “NFDC planning has confirmed an initial enquiry has been made by Landmark Estates.”