Council leader lays ceremonial brick at Hornchurch development

Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council, has laid the ‘golden brick’ at a landmark development which will transform a former hospital site in Hornchurch.

Cllr White was given the honour of laying the golden brick on the homes being built for the council at St George’s Park on Friday, March 4 at the former St George’s Hospital site off Suttons Lane, which Bellway bought for more than £40 million in 2018 in what was at the time the biggest land sale in NHS history..

Bellway is delivering 356 new homes at the development, with 280 homes for private sale and 76 affordable homes being built within the development, including 36 for Havering Council, which will be provided for local people through rent or shared ownership.

Cllr White said: “It has been great to visit the site today and see first-hand the progress that’s being made. Whilst our regeneration projects are going to deliver new homes and communities in the future, we have to address the current shortage.

“Purchasing the new properties at the St George’s Park development, just like those we acquired in July 2020 as part of the Crow Lane development in Romford, will ensure we continue to grow our strong stock of good-quality homes for local families across Havering.’’

Before being turned into a hospital, the site on which the St George’s Park development sits was used as airfield during the Second World War. Suttons House, a Grade II-listed building on the site, was donated by Bellway to Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust so it could be converted into a museum celebrating the area’s aviation past.

The RAF Hornchurch Heritage Centre opened last year.

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Mick Ferris

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