Mayor purchases part of Edmonton hospital site for affordable housing
- The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has used £12.8m from his Land Fund to purchase a 1.4-hectare site at the North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH) in Edmonton.
- The site currently comprises of a car park, offices, and hospital testing facilities. These facilities will be relocated to other parts of the hospital ensuring no loss of services to patients.
- The Mayor expects the site to deliver at least 200 homes, with 50 per cent of those being social rented or other genuinely affordable housing, in line with his Housing Strategy.
- By purchasing the site, the Mayor will also be able to help deliver enhanced health facilities with increased capacity.
- The sale of this site comprises part of the Trust’s NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). Before committing to the purchase, the GLA and Trust worked closely to ensure the proposals meet the Mayor’s six assurances for STPs*.
- Construction of the new homes will begin before March 2022.
- The site was previously owned by LocatED, the Department of Education agency responsible for delivering the Academy programme, as the location of a new school. This plan subsequently fell through leading to LocatED seeking to dispose of the land.
James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, said: “The Mayor and I are determined to do everything within our power to build more social rented and other genuinely affordable homes for Londoners.
“Under Sadiq, City Hall is taking a far more active approach to unlocking sites across the capital. We are using the Land Fund he established to buy sites like this one in Enfield, where we will be able to build genuinely affordable homes whilst protecting healthcare for the local community.”
Maria Kane, Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust said: “This investment is a fantastic opportunity to develop the area around North Middlesex University Hospital.
“We’re looking forward to working with the Greater London Authority to make best use of the land so that it better meets the needs of people who use the hospital and benefits our local community.”
Notes to editors
The Mayor’s £250 million Land Fund is a key part of Sadiq’s more interventionist approach in London’s land market with the aim of: getting more homes built; increasing the proportion of affordable homes; accelerating the speed of building; and capturing more value uplift for the public benefit. The Fund acquires and prepare land for new and affordable housing, working closely with boroughs and the GLA’s development partners. Money made from selling the land will be recycled to buy further land for new homes.
In order to gain Mayoral support, NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) must meet six assurances:
- Patient and public engagement – Proposals must show credible, widespread and ongoing patient and public engagement including with marginalised groups.
- Clinical Support – Proposals must demonstrate improved clinical outcomes, widespread clinical engagement and support, including from frontline staff.
- Impact on health inequality – The impact of any proposed changes to health services in London must not widen health inequalities. Plans must set out how they will narrow the gap in health equality across the capital.
- Impact on social care – Proposals must take into account the full financial impact any new models of healthcare, including social care, would have on local authority services, particularly in the broader context of the funding challenges councils are already facing.
- Hospital capacity – Given that the need for hospital beds is forecast to increase due to population growth and an ageing population, any proposals to reduce the number of hospital beds will need to be independently reviewed to ensure all factors have been taken into account. Any plans to close beds must be an absolute last resort, and must meet at least one of the NHS’ ‘common sense’ conditions1.
- Sufficient investment – Proper funding must be identified and available to deliver all aspects of the STP plans.