St George’s Hospital has been vacant since 2012 and site owner NHS Property Services is seeking outline planning permission for a new health centre to be built on part of the site.
The application, submitted to Havering Borough Council this week, also seeks permission to convert the remainder of the site to residential use, with a view to providing 300 new homes for the local community.
Andrew Strange, NHS Property Services’ Head of Planning and Development, said: “We are delighted to have submitted our application for this exciting scheme, which will help to meet both the housing and healthcare needs of a growing population.
“We have worked with architects to design an outline housing scheme that is high quality and fits well with the existing makeup of the area. We have received good feedback from local people on these proposals and are grateful for their input.”
The housing scheme takes account of the site’s context, and as well as new proposals for access and parking, the plans include retaining some of the existing buildings and creating new green spaces.
Once the council has considered the application, the land will be marketed to developers and it will be for the buyer to agree the final details of the scheme with the Borough Council.
Havering Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is now developing a business case for the new health and wellbeing centre on the site. Under current plans, this will include primary, urgent and community care services, voluntary sector and education space along with services specifically for frail older people.
Dr Gurdev Saini, Chair of the St George’s Hospital Delivery Board said:
“We need this type of facility for patients in Havering and it’s testament to the determination and stamina of GP colleagues and our CCG team that we are still pushing ahead, jumping through all the hoops we are asked to, and working to deliver the new health and wellbeing centre in Hornchurch.”