Further consultation with local schools
As part of the Section 77 application to the DfE, we are undertaking further consultation with local schools in the surrounding area to comment on the proposals.
Further information and details of land affected is shown in the technical plans pack and plans sheet, which are available to download at the bottom of this web page.
If you have any queries please feel free to contact us.
As the project involves the reduction and change of use of ‘playing field land’, as defined in the School Standards Framework Act 1998, LBHF and Ark Schools are required to obtain consent from the Department of Education (DfE) for the proposals. This is separate to the planning application approval and is known as a Section 77 application.
As part of the Section 77 application, Ark Schools and LBHF were required to consult with the local community and other interested parties in advance of submitting the 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 EdCity project.
The existing school playspace amounts to 7,124m2, with a further 692m2 included for the existing Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) totalling 7,816m2. The proposed school will offer playspace totalling 4,711m2 including a new purpose built playground, with areas for formal and informal play and a running track, a rooftop teaching terrace with edible gardens and exclusive use of the roof level MUGA on the adjacent Youth Zone during school hours. As defined by the DfE guidance, the total loss of school playing field land for the exclusive use of the school amounts to 3,105m2.
To mitigate the reduction of playing field land for the school as far as possible, the school will also have scheduled access and use of the other Youth Zone facilities, including the new 4-courts sports hall of 600 m2 and other facilities upon agreement.
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 and are available for view and download at the bottom of this page.
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.
What has happened so far?
Hammersmith & Fulham Council approved funding for their contribution to the EdCity development on 15 May 2019. Read the report here.
Following wide public consultation on the draft proposals in 2016 and 2017, planning permission was granted in March 2018.