Hanover submits plans for the imaginative redevelopment of St Luke’s Hospital site
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
Following extensive local public consultation, including three public exhibitions and discussions with local residents and stakeholders, Hanover Housing Association has submitted a planning application to Haringey Council for 173 new homes on the 6 acre site of the former St Luke’s Hospital on Woodside Avenue, Muswell Hill.
More than 600 local residents and stakeholders attended the three public exhibitions in June, September and November 2012. 75% of the residents who made comments on the plans said that the St Luke’s site is an appropriate location to accommodate new homes and expressed positive support for the proposals.
The proposals will enable older people living in the borough to downsize to smaller properties that are easier and cheaper to maintain. Hanover believes this is important as it will free up family homes for young families in the borough.
The Hanover proposals are for a development of high specification homes influenced by the standards recommended by the HAPPI report - Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation.
They respect the existing mature planting, the listed and locally listed buildings and the character of the conservation area. A key element of the project is the revitalisation of the garden landscape at the centre of the site.
The design also incorporates a green north-south pedestrian and cycle link between Grand Avenue and Woodside Avenue. And in line with the Council’s policy, provision has been made for a number of affordable homes.
The plan will bring the three listed and locally listed buildings back into use by converting the existing buildings into apartments.
And the proposals also incorporate a co-housing scheme for the Woodside Co-Housing group, which was set up by a group of local residents who want to create their own community.
Bruce Moore, Chief Executive of Hanover said:
“I would like to thank everyone who attended the three public exhibitions and for all the helpful comments we have received, many of which have helped to shape our proposals. This will be a high quality housing development which retains the existing listed buildings and gardens and also maintains and improves the current pedestrian access through the site.”
“Our research has shown there is a strong demand in Haringey for this type of housing, where older people are making positive choices to downsize from under-occupied family homes to attractive housing well-designed for their changing needs.”
The St Luke’s plans have been produced by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, with Farrer Huxley Associates responsible for the landscape proposals. Savills are development, sales and planning consultants.