Proposals to convert a former hospital in Dagenham into a new community centre and family homes have been given the green light at a council meeting.
Councillors approved the redevelopment of Grays Court Hospital, in John Parker Close, Dagenham, at a cabinet meeting on July 16.
The proposals include a vibrant new community hub, providing a range of services and activities for local residents, including a Community Food Club, careers fairs and jobs clubs and the continuation of out-of-hours GP services.
The development will also create 59 new homes for local families on the housing waiting list, who are currently living in temporary accommodation.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for regeneration and social housing, said: “By giving the go-ahead to these proposals we’re providing new homes for local families which will give them the space to live in, and at the same time a fantastic community facility, which includes out of hours GP services for local people.
“It also means we can keep local families in the borough and spend less on expensive bed and breakfast accommodation, which will mean we can reinvest the savings into other front line services for local people. It’s a great deal all round for the borough and the community.”
The proposals for Grays Court Hospital are subject to planning permission. The planning application and refurbishment works will be managed by the council’s regeneration company Be First, while the new homes and community facilities will be operated and managed on-site by the council’s community solutions team.
Ed Skeates, director of development at Be First, said: “Be First is not only about building thousands of affordable homes for local people but also building communities too.”
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