Part 10 storey school planning application rejected

Published Friday, 15 December 2017

A planning application for new secondary school in Bromley was rejected at Wednesday’s Development Control Committee meeting.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency proposal to build a part 4 and part 10 storey building in Westmoreland Road was refused at Development Control Committee last night.

Councillor Peter Dean, Chairman of Development Control Committee said, “Although we are well aware of the need for additional education uses, the proposal for education use was a departure from the current Bromley Area Action Plan policies for this site.  The committee considered that the scale of this proposed building, with the impact on the amenity of local residents, combined with concerns about traffic and concerns about the protected views of the Keston ridge from the town centre meant that the committee decided to reject this application.”

When fully operational, the facility was to cater for 1260 pupils, with 110 full time equivalent staff on site, with no on site parking for staff or pupils and with 2 car parking spaces provided for disabled staff and visitors and 2 spaces for minibuses.  The plans did include space for 184 cycle parking spaces, with 60 of these covered and secure spaces provided initially and the need for further cycle spaces being monitored and provided as required through the proposed School Travel Plan.

Over 200 people  responded to the council’s consultation about the proposal to build a new 6 form entry plus 6th form secondary school on the former DSS site, which would have seen the existing building demolished and replaced with a taller building.  At its full 10 storey height in Westmoreland Road/Sandford Road, the building would be 36.3m (119ft) high.

Under the proposal, the school would be operated by SHaW Futures Academy, sponsored by a number of organisations.


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