What’s the latest news?
Hammersmith & Fulham Council approved funding for their contribution to the EdCity development on 15 May 2019. Read the report here.
As the project involves changing land classified as playing field land, as defined in the School Standards Framework Act 1998, LBHF and Ark Schools is required to obtain consent from the Department of Education (DfE) – known as a Section 77 application. This is separate to the planning application approval. We are awaiting the response from the DfE.
What has happened so far?
Following wide public consultation on the draft proposals in 2016 and 2017, planning permission was granted in March 2018.
As part of the current Section 77 application, Ark Schools and LBHF were required to consult with the local community and other interested parties in advance of submitting our application to the DfE. This formal phase of consultation closed on 15 April 2019.
This consultation related solely to the land classified under the SSFA as playing field land that is associated with the school and will be redeveloped as part of this project. This amounts to 7,124m2 of existing area of external space, which includes the existing Multi Use Games Area (MUGA). The proposed school will offer space totalling 4,711m2 (including the new playground, external teaching terrace as contained within the lease from the council, and the roof level MUGA on the adjacent youth facility which offers 1180m2 via shared facility agreements). The total loss of school playing field land for the exclusive use of the school is 2,413m2.
Further information and details of land affected is showed in the technical plans, plans sheet and consultation panels, which are available to download at the bottom of this web page.
As part of the consultation process, we hosted a community drop-in consultation event on 5 March 2019 (4.30 to 6.30pm) at Ark Swift Primary Academy in White City. Consultation materials subsequently remained available on display at Ark Swift Primary Academy until the close of consultation.
Any person who wished to give their comments on the proposed disposal or change of use of the land was able to provide their feedback in writing before the deadline.
If you still wish to contact the project team, or share your views, please contact us.