Controversial St Ann’s Hospital redevelopment plans approved
A scheme to squeeze St Ann’s Hospital, in South Tottenham, into an area one third the size it is now to make way for 470 flats and houses was approved by the council’s planning committee on Monday.
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEHMHT), which owns and runs St Ann’s, claims the 11.5 hectare site is surplus to requirements and in need of modernisation.
The redevelopment plan was approved in principle by the council on Monday and the trust will now apply for permission to build new mental health facilities later this year.
Initially there were plans to provide 50 per cent affordable housing on the site but on Monday the council approved an agreement for just 14 per cent affordable homes among the 470 new units planned.
More than 50 people from the Haringey Needs St Ann’s Hospital (HaNSAH) campaign group protested against the plans outside Haringey Council on Monday.
HaNSAH member David King said campaigners were “shocked and disappointed” by the council’s decision.
He said: “If it wasn’t a private developer perhaps they could provide the 50 per cent affordable housing originally planned.”
Andrew Wright, BEHMHT’s director of strategic development, said the trust was “very pleased” with the council’s decision.