Community-led 'affordable homes for all' plan for Haringey hospital site

By Russ Lawrence in Local People

A radical blueprint for up to 800 new affordable homes on the site of Tottenham’s St Ann’s hospital has been unveiled.

St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust, a community-led initiative, has drawn-up an alternative vision to the luxury flats and apartments it believes a private developer would build, putting the accommodation beyond the pockets of most local residents,

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust plans to sell -off two thirds of the vast hospital site, with mental health services continuing to run from the remainder of the site.

StART’s masterplan is the culmination of two years of campaigning and consultation with the local community. Professional architects were commissioned to draft it paid for through an online crowd-funding appeal.

The ambitious document puts the housing needs of the local community at the forefront, providing genuinely affordable housing.

It aims to retain the hospital’s green spaces so they are accessible for all.

It also proposes integrating the development into existing NHS services providing some of the affordable accommodation for hospital staff or for patients who wish to live independently, but with support.

StART has registered as a Community Land Trust and will submit the masterplan as part of its bid to purchase the land. The document doesn’t include financial costings or details on how the scheme will be funded, but says financial models detailing how much it needs to borrow and the expected income from rents and mortgages are being produced.

It is also looking at contracting a housing association to manage the homes when they are built or establishing a company to run the service on its behalf.

StART spokeswoman, Kathryn Medien, said:”The Masterplan is our statement of intent. It shows that the community is best placed to define the shape of housing in London and provide a viable grassroots alternative to the current housing crisis.”

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