Crunch time for St George’s Hospital site’s future in Hornchurch

St George's Hospital, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, closed in 2012

St George's Hospital, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, closed in 2012 - Credit: Archant

The dilemma over the fate of a disused hospital site, which could be turned into a multi-million pound healthcare facility and give way to nearly 300 new homes, is coming to an end.

The fate of the former St George’s Hospital, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, was due to be decided by the regulatory services committee tonight.

Two applications have been considered by the committee.

On the one hand, Havering CCG has submitted plans for a 3,000 sq metre new healthcare centre and on the other hand, NHS Property Services re-submitted a planning application to build 279 homes on the green belt site.

The residential development, which was refused last year, would see the demolition of parts of the building and the construction of 128 flats and 151 homes in two to four-storey buildings.

The healthcare plans include space for a portable MRI scanner unit and 110 parking spaces and would be no higher than two storeys. What type of care would be provided in the health hub has not yet been confirmed but is expected to include GP and clinical/hospital care as well as space for community providers.

Of 24 residents’ letters received by Havering Council, 20 objected to the home plan and the others raised concerns about the healthcare proposals.

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Both applications were recommended for approval but the housing development would have to include at least 15 per cent of affordable housing.

A contribution of £1,674,000 has also been requested from NHS Property Services to contribute to educational investment, improving Hornchurch Country Park and installing cycle storage at Hornchurch station.

The plans for the former hospital site, which has been vacant since 2012, will have to be approved by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Tonight’s meeting will also decide whether the old Rainham Social Club building in Upminster Road South should be knocked down to give way to six one-bedroom flats.

The building’s owner Shiraz Anwar, of Farm Road, Rainham, previously failed to turn the social hub into a bed and breakfast and decided to turn it into flats and a shop.

A decision on the proposal was delayed earlier this year to enable for more details to be provided.

Read about the decisions on the Recorder online tomorrow.