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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

New homes for spooky abandoned hospital that featured on Bowie album New homes for spooky abandoned hospital that featured on Bowie album

Plans have been submitted to turn an abandoned, and reportedly haunted, psychiatric hospital into nearly 700 new homes.

Cane Hill Hospital in Croydon, which fell into disuse in 1991, was featured on the cover of the 1970 David Bowie album 'The Man Who Sold the World'.

The derelict site's owner, the Greater London Authority, has been given the green light by the Mayor of London's office to allow Barratt Homes to develop up to 675 new homes, 24% of which will be 'affordable'.

The former hospital once had Charlie Chaplin's mother as a patient. Hannah Chaplin was admitted to Cane Hill in 1903 and didn't leave until 1912 when her son paid to move her into private care.

And David Bowie's step-brother, Terry Burns, was also a patient during the 1980s.

A fire tore through the hospital's administration block in 2010, destroying its iconic clock tower.

The former hospital has been become a favourite amongst ghost hunters over the years, and spooky tales abound.

One story involves a security team who were patrolling the grounds one night. A figure was spotted behind trees sending an otherwise vicious guard dog whimpering off in the opposite direction.

Further investigation revealed that the grave of the hospital's first superintendent, Sir James Moody, was hidden beneath undergrowth on the spot that the figure was seen.

Boris Johnson said: “The development of Cane Hill, one of London’s most infamous abandoned sites, is part of a major release of public land being conducted by City Hall, with 86% of our sites now under way or being actively marketed. This decision marks the next chapter in Cane Hill’s fascinating history, providing 675 much-needed new homes in this part of South London.”

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