Feedback from Bovis Homes' recent St George's Park exhibition will help shape the way the 254-home scheme will look in the future.
Local councillors and residents were among the visitors to John Wheeldon Primary School, located just over the road from the proposed development, to view the plans for the extensive landscaping and tree-planting that will go into St George's Park.
Invitations were sent out to more than 270 homes around the derelict Georgian hospital and surrounding area, where Bovis Homes is teaming up with Midlands builder Pritchards to convert the old building into apartments and build new homes in the grounds.
"We received some excellent, constructive feedback from local residents who are keen for this site to be transformed into a thriving part of the community," said Bovis Homes Central Region's Development Director Darrell White.
"This was something we should have done six months ago and for us it was about trying to set the record straight. We apologised to local people for not communicating with them earlier, but once they saw the exciting plans for the development, including the extensive tree-planting proposals, the response was very positive."
"This is a fantastic site - one of our jewels in the crown in the Midlands - and it's a source of great frustration that we got off on the wrong foot with the local community when we set about implementing the approved scheme without explaining to local residents what we were doing.
"However, this is the first of a number of consultation events we will be having with them over the coming months and many of the attendees took the opportunity to give us some ideas about the landscaping, which we will be taking on board as we look to refine the proposals in partnership with Stafford Borough Council."
The exhibition included information boards and site plans and was attended by members of the Bovis Homes team who were able to explain the proposals. They include four distinct and varied areas of public open space made up of: an arboretum and parkland, woodland, an attractive environmental corridor along Pearl Brook and a nature conservation area.