Plans approved for up to 995 new homes at St Ann’s New Neighbourhood

Housing association Catalyst – part of the Peabody Group – and development partners The Hill Group have been given the green light by Haringey Council for the redevelopment of a site adjacent to St Ann’s Hospital, South Tottenham.

The redevelopment will provide up to 995 new homes, 60% of which will be affordable, delivering much-needed housing in the area. The approved application comprises a mix of different tenures including private sale, London Affordable Rent, London Living Rent, and Shared Ownership homes.

The scheme will bring significant benefits to the area including new and enhanced green spaces. The central Peace Garden will be retained and extended to three times its current size. The plans also include new safe and accessible cycle routes through the site towards Harringay Green Lanes station, as well as shops, amenities, community-led housing, and affordable workspaces. Catalyst and Hill’s plans also retain seven historical hospital buildings, including the iconic water tower, which will be repurposed for a variety of non-residential uses.

The development will provide 239 homes within the first phase, with outline plans for an additional 756 homes over future phases.

Catalyst was selected by the Mayor of London to develop the former St Ann’s Hospital site in late 2020, with a shared goal of delivering more affordable homes for Londoners. A hybrid planning application was submitted in July this year following extensive community involvement. Several pop-up events and workshops were held with the local community and a Peace and Wellness Festival that was attended by more than 300 local people.

Philip Jenkins, Executive Director of Development at the Peabody Group, of which Catalyst is a subsidiary, said: “Haringey Council’s decision to approve the plans for St Ann’s New Neighbourhood is fantastic news for Catalyst, Hill, and local people. The new neighbourhood will not only provide new homes for hundreds of people, the majority of those homes affordable, but will ensure those living and working there have access to outstanding outdoor facilities. Creating great places and sustainable neighbourhoods is at the heart of what we do, and we look forward to welcoming new residents in in the coming years”

Andy Hill, Chief Executive at Hill, said: “The approval of the planning application by Haringey Council is a significant step forward in the provision of much-needed affordable housing for the borough. We look forward to working with Catalyst to create this landmark project that will bring long-term benefits to the area, whilst working closely with the local community to ensure the delivery of their vision.”

Tom Copley, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, said: “I’m delighted that nearly 1,000 new homes will be delivered on the St Ann’s New Neighbourhood site, 60 per cent of which will be genuinely affordable. With soaring prices and a rental market under considerable strain, this is a huge step towards building a better London for everyone.

This development, in an area undergoing an exciting period of transformation, will not only provide hundreds of the genuinely affordable, high-quality homes that Londoners and our NHS key workers deserve, it will also foster a strong sense of community with retail facilities, workspaces, and new and enhanced green spaces.”

Work is set to begin in Spring 2023 with consultation on future phases starting later that year. The first homes are expected to be complete from 2025, with the final development completion expected in 2030.