THE FIRST PHASE OF THE RE-DEVELOPMENT OF THE FORMER SEVERALLS HOSPITAL SITE WAS APPROVED IN 2011. CURRENTLY BEING RE-DEVELOPED FOR NEW HOUSING, THIS LAND ORIGINALLY FORMED PART OF THE ASYLUM's FARM, WITH HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPGHS OF ADJOINING FIELDS SUGGESTING THAT IT WAS USED TO GRAZE CATTLE. THE SITE ITSELF IS LOCATED TO THE EAST OF THE MAIN HOSPITAL BUILDINGS (PHASE 2), WITH THE NEAREST BUILDING BEING ORCHARD VILLA. TO THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY LIES TOWER LANE (ORIGINALLY SEVERALLS LANE); A PUBLIC FOOTPATH WHICH RUNS BETWEEN MILL ROAD TO THE EAST & BOXTED ROAD TO THE WEST. THE NEW NORTHERN APPROACHES ROAD (N.A.R.) WILL PASS ALONG THE WESTERN BOUNDARY OF PHASE ONE, AND FORM A PHYSICAL DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN THIS PHASE AND THE SECOND PHASE (THE MAIN HOSPITAL BUILDINGS). THE ONLY EXISTING BUILDING STANDING ON THE SITE IS IN THE NORTH EAST CORNER, AND IS THE OLD WATER TOWER FROM MYLAND INFECTIOUS DISEASES HOSPITAL, WHICH WAS DEMOLISHED EARLY IN THE 1990's TO MAKE WAY FOR A HOUSING DEVELOPMENT JUST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MILL ROAD. ~ THESE PAGES WILL BE UPDATED FROM TIME-TO-TIME, TRACKING THE PROGRESS OF DEVELOPMENT OF THIS FIRST PHASE ~

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A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY WHICH MAKES FOR AN INTERESTING FOOTNOTE: BACK IN THE 1940's, ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL HAD CONSIDERED CONSTRUCTING SOME STAFF ACCOMMODATION IN THE FIELD JUST NORTH OF TOWER LANE AND THIS SITE (WHERE THE RUGBY CLUB IS NOW). THE ORIGINAL PLANS, DRAWN-UP BY THE COUNTY ARCHITECT, CAN BE SEEN BY FOLLOWING THE LINK BELOW:

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