Section 77 Consultation: closed on 15 April 2019
EdCity is a proposed major new education and charity hub in White City. It is a non-profit project being brought forward by the charity Ark and H&F Council.
The project will involve the redevelopment of the Ark Swift Primary Academy site on Australia Road, to create:
A completely improved Ark Swift Primary Academy, with brand new facilities
A redeveloped Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery, doubling its current capacity
Brand new youth facilities that will provide exciting opportunities, and affordable activities for local young people
An expanded adult education and community learning centre
A new hub for charities and social enterprises
132 new homes, more than half of which will be genuinely affordable for local people
A new public square and pedestrian boulevard, creating better walking routes to transport links, and other local facilities.
Following wide public consultation on the draft proposals in 2016 and 2017, planning permission was granted in March 2018.
The Section 77 application and consultation
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). This is separate to the planning application approval.
Ark Schools and LBHF are required to consult with the local community and other interested parties in advance of submitting an 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.
Share your views
These plans have been carefully considered to ensure children of Ark Swift Academy will have enough outdoor play space, with brand new fun facilities – including an edible garden, a new multi-use games area, and more outdoor covered play-space for the nursery and reception classes. We want to release some land, which is not presently fit for purpose, to help make this happen.
The new space will be a significant improvement, providing one cohesive play space with clearly defined games areas that will be easy to manage and supervise. The new space will be safer, more flexible and provide a more pleasant experience for pupils. It also features a new running track.
The school will also have access to a four-court internal sports hall in the adjacent new youth provision: for basketball, trampolining, cricket, volleyball, badminton, short tennis, five-a-side football, and more – none of which are currently available to the pupils.
How to have your say
This consultation runs closed on 15 April. It related only to the changes to land that is classified as the school’s playing field land and the change of use, as defined under Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. The relevant area is shown on technical plans available here and here.
As part of the consultation process, we hosted a community drop-in consultation event on 5 March (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 were able to provide their feedback in writing before the deadline of 11.59pm on 15 April 2019.
If you still wish to contact the project team, or share your views, please contact us using these contact details:
Write to us at EdCity, c/o 7 Bayley Street, London, WC1B 3HB
Call us on 020 7323 3544 (for enquiries only)