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Mayor of London calls for a development partner for housing in Haringey

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a search for a development partner for the St Ann's hospital site in Haringey, through his London Development Panel. The aim is to appoint a development partner in Spring 2020, with building to start on site by the end of March 2022.

The Mayor purchased two-thirds (7.1 hectares) of the St Ann's Hospital site from the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust in March 2018 using the Land Fund. The receipts from the sale allowed the Trust to invest in the construction of new state-of-the-art facilities for patients (pictured courtesy of Thomasons Architects).

The Mayor's plans will result in a minimum of 700 new homes - with the aim for this number to be closer to 800 - of which 60% will be affordable. Sadiq's interventions aim to boost the number of genuinely affordable homes on the site by five times compared to the existing planning permission, which included around 400 homes of which just 14 per cent were to be affordable.

The affordable housing since the Mayor intervened includes 50 homes set aside for community-led housing, enabling members of the community to own and control some of the homes and making St Ann's one of the largest community-led housing schemes in London. Of the remaining affordable homes, 60 per cent will be at social rent levels, 20 per cent will be London Living Rent and 20 per cent will be Shared Ownership.

The London Borough of Haringey will have the option to acquire half of the proposed homes at social rent level, meaning that St Ann's Hospital site could deliver at least 100 rented council homes at council rents.

In addition to the delivery of genuinely affordable housing, the Mayor's team has worked closely with local community group StART (St Ann's Redevelopment Trust) to understand and reflect some of their ambition in the plans for the site, including the protection of local greenspace.

The development will also deliver key worker housing for NHS staff, with nominations for at least 22 homes for London Living Rent given to the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust for 10 years to ensure staff can be housed locally.

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