We secured planning consent on appeal for 290 much needed new homes on the former St George’s hospital site in Hornchurch. The consent includes the provision of 15% affordable housing.
The site has been declared surplus and is no longer being used for health services. NHS Property Services is in the process of disposing of the property in order to generate valuable funds to reinvest in the NHS.
A 1.6-hectare portion of the 11.7-hectare site is being kept for a new, 3,000 sqm health facility.
The former St George’s Hospital has been closed since 2012 and is no longer needed for local healthcare provision.
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.
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