Plans were announced in April for 145 new homes on the former site of Havering College's Quarles campus in Harold Hill.
In 2017, the Havering College of Further and Higher Education sold its Quarles Campus in Tring Gardens to ease financial pressure on the college, allowing it to expand to a new site in Rainham.
Plans are still being drawn-up, but it is thought the development will consist of an open space with a mix of houses and flats and apartment blocks of up to four storeys.
Speaking to the Romford Recorder, Councillor Damian White, leader of the council, said: “The council has agreed that its wholly-owned development company Mercury Land Holdings should arrange the future development of the site once the college have moved to their new premises.
“The proposal of approximately 145 homes was presented to the council’s strategic planning committee in February for initial consideration and review at the pre-planning application stage.
White said the aim was to see the site transformed in to a high quality residential development which will deliver much needed family homes with around 35% of the homes being affordable.
“A large part of the site will remain undeveloped and provide open space for public use. A public consultation process will also be undertaken to gather the views of local residents,” said White.
A £400,000 campaign aimed at making Havering cleaner and tidier was launched in April.