The sale of Burgoyne Road releases land for new housing units and creation of a community facility for residents.
Theme: Integrated public services, Health and social care (in OPE), Housing (in OPE)
The 394m2 site, Burgoyne Road, was owned by the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEHMHT) and used as a Tier 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) site. The Trust’s clinical strategy identified benefits to co-locating all the Trust’s CAMHS services in Haringey on their main St Ann’s Hospital site and Burgoyne Road was declared surplus to NHS requirements.
Haringey Council expressed an interest in purchasing the site for Council homes, as they had previously undertaken a similar purchase from BEHMHT of Canning Crescent. Work to purchase the site commenced in September 2019. However, the valuations received by the respective organisations were significantly different and agreement could not be reached on a purchase price.
Haringey and Islington became part of the One Public Estate (OPE) programme in 2016 as a partnership between the council’s two councils and local health services. The partnership expanded to include London Borough of Camden in 2021.
A total of £80,000 OPE funding was awarded in 2019 to undertake feasibility studies, options appraisals, and master planning to test the development potential of the site and the implications for service re-provision.
The Trust was undertaking an estate rationalisation of St Ann’s hospital where two thirds of the site had been identified for release for up to 800 homes. As part of the review, other sites had been declared surplus including land at Burgoyne road.
A meeting was facilitated by the OPE team, at which both parties agreed to move towards the final purchase price. This compromise was facilitated by a collaborative approach between all parties.
A key factor in reaching an agreement was the partnership’s ability to articulate the wider social value of the sale to Haringey Council. The initial sale was for temporary homeless accommodation and thereafter, for the provision of supported accommodation and the delivery of Council homes on at least two feeder sites. These feeder sites currently house similar supported accommodation and the purchase of Burgoyne Road has resulted in being able to consolidate the supported accommodation onto one site and make other sites available for Council housing.
The agreed price was confirmed by BEHMT’s Board as meeting national NHS capital asset sale requirements. This decision was ratified by the Department of Health and Social Care, as this was a former Primary Care Trust owned site.
The delivery of this project has already resulted in a range of benefits, including;
- Re-investment of the £1,150,000 receipt by the Trust in the redevelopment of St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey, helping to improve overall service delivery.
- Consolidated of the services from Burgoyne Road onto the St Ann’s Hospital site, to achieve greater clinical synergies with the other Trust CAMHS services in Haringey, which were already on the St Ann’s site, resulting in running cost savings of £105,000 per annum and easing the customer journey through the co-location of services.
- Use of the site as temporary homeless accommodation and currently work is being undertaken to develop the site for 20 new homes with a view to completion in 2024.
- Enabled the creation of 30 new construction related jobs through the development of the site.
Ultimately, the delivery of this project has enabled stronger collaboration between LBH&I and the NHS.