Current Consultation


Section 77 Consultation: 7 February – 22 March 2019

Project background

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. We now need consent from the Department for Education (DfE) for changes to the playing field land on the site.

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 takes place between 7 February and 22 March 2019. It relates 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. (link to plans pack)

As part of the consultation process, we’re hosting a community drop-in consultation event on 5 March (4.30 to 6.30pm) at Ark Swift Primary Academy in White City.

Your feedback needs to be provided in writing and must be received by us no later than 11.59pm on 22 March.

You can give us your views at the consultation event or:

  • Email

  • Write to us at EdCity, c/o 7 Bayley Street, London, WC1B 3HB

  • Call us on 020 7323 3544 (for enquiries only)