The land has been bought for tens of millions of pounds using the Mayor’s Land Fund established last year to buy and prepare land for affordable homes. The Trust will use the funds from the sale to build brand new mental health facilities on the site.
The site, owned by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, will now see 800 homes built on it with half genuinely affordable and a provision for key worker housing for clinical staff working at the facility.
Under the deal the Mayor will be working closely with St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust (StART), a campaign group set up by local residents in response to earlier plans for the site which outlined an affordable home quota of just 14%.
The group presented an alternative plan for the development with much higher levels of affordable housing. The Mayor has now agreed to purchase the land and work with the group.
RCN London is monitoring NHS land sales in the capital and will continue to challenge proposals that do not meet the needs of healthcare workers and low and middle income Londoners.
RCN London Regional Director Jude Diggins, said:
“The intervention by the Mayor of London in purchasing the St Ann’s site shows that time is beginning to be called on the broken philosophy of selling surplus NHS land to the highest bidder with no concern for the housing needs of healthcare workers, or low and middle income Londoners.
“Thanks to the vision of the St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust (StART) and now the investment from the Mayor, the site will now have double the number of genuinely affordable homes than previously planned and a commitment to provide key worker housing for clinical staff, with funds from the sale reinvested to build new mental health facilities at the Trust.
“Surplus NHS land belongs to the public and should be used to serve local communities. This deal shatters the myth that it is not possible to generate funds from surplus land and still prioritise the affordable housing needs of healthcare workers and the local community - Trusts across London planning to sell surplus land should take heed.
“At RCN London we will continue to work with StART and the Mayor’s office to ensure that the promises of affordable and key worker housing on the St Ann’s site are delivered on.”