Plans to demolish hostel and build emergency accommodation and health centre in Harold Hill submitted

Havering Council intends on constructing the Harold Hill Welcome Centre on this Hilldene Avenue site

Havering Council intends on constructing the Harold Hill Welcome Centre on this Hilldene Avenue site, and will include 74 dwellings plus a health centre - Credit: Google

A new centre to provide emergency accommodation for families and health facilities is on the cards for Harold Hill.

Dubbed the Harold Hill Family Welcome Centre, Havering Council has submitted a planning application to build 74 dwellings, varying in size, as well as spaces such as play areas for children staying at the site. 

In addition, a new centre is proposed to “deliver accessible health services to the local community”. 

It would be in Hilldene Avenue, and if approved, will result in the knocking-down of Abercrombie House, the old library and a former boxing club. 

Abercrombie House is a hostel which a council report has previously described as having "existing problems", and in August last year, this newspaper revealed that police were called to the site 151 times amid drug-dealing concerns.

The reports came after a man was found dead in a room at Abercrombie House.

Patrick Odling-Smee, director of housing, said: “Our new Family Welcome Centre is a key step in our regeneration plans for the borough, as well as a milestone in our prevention of homelessness and rough sleeping strategy.

“The new site will help us to look after vulnerable families that find themselves in difficult situations, providing a safe, high-quality and comfortable place to stay while we find them permanent homes.

"We hope that it will set a new standard for this type of accommodation across the UK.”

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View the application using reference P0461.22.