|Proposed Putney Primary School Application Declared Invalid|
Council’s children’s services department to resubmit planning application
On 18th May members on the forum questioned the validity of the planning application the as"the sale was not recorded at the HMLR (Land Registry), and why a Certificate B was not served on Wandsworth PCT". On 23rd May the council planning site shows the application to be invalid.
If the plans are approved, the original timetable for the opening of the school and nursery will not change and children would begin to be admitted in September 2015.
They assured that all those residents who have previously taken part in the consultation will have their comments carried forward so that they are fully considered in relation to the new application.
A council spokesman told PutneySW15.com:“There were some technical issues with the application that needed to be rectified. This means there will be a new consultation period, allowing the public more time to register their views on the proposals.”
They continued: "Supporters of the new school point to the growing pressure on school places in this part of Putney with some parents already struggling to find state schools for their children. The birth rate across Wandsworth has increased significantly over the last few years so it is vital that the council plans ahead to meet the projected increase in demand for school places."
The number of children being born in the borough each year has now topped 5,200. In 2001 this figure stood at 4,000. This sharp increase is partly reflected by the rise in the number of children now being born in Putney.
"The planning managers are meant to be professional and unbiased, and in the case of the Putney Hospital application, they were neither. Once the planning authority becomes aware that an application is invalid they cannot deal with the application any further, and this did not happen. Statements have been made that also need investigating to establish whether they were false or misleading, and if so what impact this may have. The application was invalid, from the outset; clearly there will have to be a thorough and transparent investigation; until this is completed WBC cannot continue with it. "
He continued: "Mr Govindia and his colleagues at the Council are trying to shoehorn this scheme into one of the most attractive parts of Putney. He claims that it has to be so big to support the Academy funding model. Perhaps he should ask his Director of Children's Services to do some homework. The ARK schools organisation runs a successful 1FE primary school in Hammersmith and Fulham. The average size of a primary school in England is around 240 pupils."
If the new school gets planning permission, the council intend that it will be run as an academy. The council believes that this would make it part of the state sector but give it greater freedoms to manage its own affairs and work in partnership with other schools, academies and education establishments.
Putney Hospital , which is situated on the eastern edge of Putney Common, closed services to patients in 1998 and has remained vacant ever since. The planning application will seek permission to demolish the existing hospital buildings and replace them with a new primary school and 24 homes.
Under the new proposals, the proceeds from the sale of these homes will help pay for the new school and nursery facilities.
May 28, 2012