The site has been empty since 2012 and transferred to the ownership of NHS Property Services when the company was formed in April 2013.
With the exception of a section of land set aside for healthcare provision, NHS healthcare commissioners have since declared the rest of the site surplus to local health requirements. Our role is now to obtain best value for the site on behalf of the NHS and the taxpayer.
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We propose marketing the surplus land to developers with the benefit of outline planning for housing, which is much needed across London.
Under our plans, some of the old hospital buildings would be retained and converted into flats, with new family homes being planned for the remainder of the surplus land.
The land reserved for healthcare will eventually house a state-of-the-art new health facility, with Havering CCG leading the business case for the project.
Applying for outline permission gives us an opportunity to work with local people to set some parameters for the housing development, such as access points and height of buildings.
Once an application is agreed, the site will be marketed to developers and it will be for the buyer to agree the final details of the scheme with the London Borough of Havering.
Two planning applications submitted by NHS Property Services for the site of the former St George’s Hospital were considered by the Regulatory Services Committee of the London Borough of Havering on 12 November 2015.
The housing scheme was refused by the committee, which considered it to be “inappropriate development” in the green belt, even though planning officers had recommended that the application be approved. The application for a health centre was deferred due to concerns about the adequacy of the parking shown on the indicative plans.
We developed the proposals for the site in close consultation with the council’s officers and after listening to feedback from local people.
We submitted an application to the London Borough of Havering for the redevelopment of the St George’s Hospital site on 23 March 2016.
The revised application addresses the grounds raised in the refusal notice of the first application. We have worked closely with officers to develop the proposals and are confident that the new application meets the housing and healthcare needs of the local community.
The housing land has been deemed surplus to requirements by the NHS and its sale delivers much-needed new homes and capital for reinvestment in NHS facilities.
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