A planning application has been submitted for a large new housing development in north London, which will provide 995 properties on the site of a former hospital.

Catalyst Housing has joined forces with developer Hill Group to propose a mixed-use development at the site of the former St Anne’s Hospital in Haringey. In addition to the new homes, of which 60 per cent will be affordable, the project will see shops, green spaces and offices being established on the site, some of which will use converted old hospital buildings.

The site was earmarked for housing in 2020 when it was bought up by the mayor of London’s £250m Land Fund. In November that year, Catalyst was selected to develop it.

With the project being of such a large scale for built-up area of London, large quantities of insulation materials will be required to ensure the new homes are well-equipped when the recent very hot spell is a distant memory and cold weather comes again. 

The application proposes that in the first phase, 239 homes will be constructed, with the other 756 being built over a series of further stages.

Executive director of development at Catalyst’s parent body the Peabody Group Philip Jenkins said: “We are delighted that our plans for St Ann’s New Neighbourhood have reached this critical milestone.”

He said it would combine building much-needed new homes with “sympathetically preserving the heritage of the hospital site for future generations”.

Chief executive of the Hill Group Andy Hill remarked: “The submitted planning application for up to 995 new homes in Haringey is a significant step forward in the provision of much-needed affordable housing for the borough.”

While demand for housing is high in Haringey, the lack of new homes may have been a key reason for the borough seeing a low increase in its population in recent years.

According to 2021 Census data, Haringey’s population rose by 3.6 per cent in the decade between 2011 and 2021, less than contiguous neighbours such as Waltham Forest, Barnet and Islington. However, another neighbour, Camden, actually saw a drop of 4.6 per cent in its population.