School planning applications, one approved and one rejected

Published Friday, 27 January 2017

A secondary school planning application was approved whilst another application was rejected at Wednesday’s Development Control Committee meeting.

Eden Park High School was given approval to build a new secondary school on the former Co-op sports ground in Balmoral Avenue. Another application to build a boys secondary school on the St Hugh's Playing Fields in Bickley was rejected, on grounds of traffic impact and road safety but the Committee also invited the applicants to submit a revised application. 

Councillor Peter Dean, Chairman of Development Control Committee said, “These were very difficult decisions, with local residents and parents reflecting equally strong views, alongside the expert opinions and those of the applicants.  Whilst accepting the inevitable disruption to Balmoral Avenue residents the committee felt the educational need was more important. However in the case of Bullers Wood Boys, the highways assessment of the potential road safety risk took precedence over this and the applicant was invited to submit a further application when the traffic dangers to pupils had been resolved.”  

The proposed school in Balmoral Avenue will be operated by the E21C multi-Academy Trust, the applicant, which includes Ravensbourne School, Hayes. The outline permission, with conditions, will be for a new 8 form entry (FE) secondary school Eden Park High School plus a sixth form accommodating a total of 1,680 students (1200 secondary pupils and 480 sixth form pupils) and approximately 120 staff by the time the school is fully occupied in 2023. It is anticipated that further details will be submitted which will determine the final design. 

The part 2 storey and part 3 storey application relating to a 6 form entry secondary school for boys on the St Hugh's Playing Fields, Bickley Road, was rejected following concerns about road safety and traffic issues.

ENDS 

Editor’s notes:

  • Re: Eden Park High School - this outline planning permission is subject to referral to the Mayor of London and completion of a S106 planning legal agreement.
  • Re: St Hugh's Playing Fields application - a motion to approve the application was lost on the Chairman’s casting vote and other motions were also proposed and finally, a motion to refuse the application and invite a further application was carried.
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