NHS Property Services has won a planning appeal to secure permission for 290 homes on the site of St George’s Hospital in Hornchurch.

The facility has been vacant since October 2012. A four-acre portion of the 29-acre site is being retained for a new, 32,300 sq ft health facility and the rest put up for sale, with proceeds to be reinvested in the NHS.

Outline permission has been granted for 204 new-build homes and 86 conversion units, 15% of which will be affordable, comprising a mix of two to five-bedroom houses and one-to-three-bedroom flats, alongside parking, landscape and infrastructure works.

The site is located in the green belt and identified as a major development site in the adopted development plan. 

The Planning Inspector concluded that the proposal would not result in a greater impact on the green belt than the existing development and would not amount to inappropriate development.

John Westwood, director of asset management at NHS Property Services, said: “We welcome this decision, which clearly demonstrates how we can help the NHS by using our expertise to unlock development potential and achieve best value for surplus sites.”

Savills has been appointed to manage the sale.

Article from PropertyWeek