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Owner of St George's Hospital site, Hornchurch, wins appeal for 290 new homes

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 July 2017

St George's Hospital, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, the site of a proposed 279 home redevelopment.

St George's Hospital, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, the site of a proposed 279 home redevelopment.

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An appeal has been won by the NHS for 290 homes as part of a multi-million pound health centre on the former St George's Hospital site.

The NHS Property Services has secured planning permission to build 204 new homes and 86 conversion units on the 29-acre site in Suttons Lane, Hornchurch.

Plans for the 290 homes were originally submitted in 2015 for permission to partially demolish and convert the existing derelict buildings, but the application was refused.

The council rejected the proposal on the grounds that the size and density could have an impact on the “openness” of the green belt land next door.

Plans were then once again submitted last year and have this time been accepted.

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.

Director of asset management at NHS Property Services John Westwood 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.”

The planning inspectorate’s appeal decision came last week, after NHS Property Services agreed with the council to make amendments to its proposals.

Homes will be a mix of two to five bedroom houses and one to three bedroom flats with parking and as part of the plan being accepted, 15per cent of the properties have to be affordable housing.

Four acres of the site will also be retained for a new 32,300 sq ft health facility and the rest will be put up for sale, with proceeds to be reinvested in the NHS.

The site of the former hospital - which has been vacant since 2012 - is located in the green belt and has been identified as a major development in the adopted development plan.

Estate agent Savills has also been appointed to manage the sale of the new homes.

Senior transaction manager Dan Hotson said: “In addition to generating capital for the NHS, this development will help meet the government’s targets for releasing public sector land for much-needed new homes in London.

“We expect strong interest in this property.”

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