Lease for new free school in park to be reconsidered

Getwestlondon is reporting that controversial plans to grant a new school a 125-year lease on part of a public park are to be reconsidered following opposition…

Cabinet members on Hounslow Council agreed last month to award Floreat Education the lease for about a third of Brent Lea Recreation Ground, in Brentford, in return for a peppercorn rent and £60,000 upfront.

However, the decision was called in by Councillor Tony Louki, with support from 12 other councillors…

Giving his reasons for calling in the decision, Mr Louki had questioned why the recreation ground had never appeared in the council’s own list of appropriate sites for new schools.

He also claimed the “aspirations” of free school developers were given greater weight than those of local residents…

The founders of Floreat Brentford have already been granted planning permission to open the two-form entry primary free school at the park in London Road this September in temporary buildings…

Should no alternative be found Floreat is expected to apply for permission to build a permanent building on the park site…

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It will be interesting to see what the outcome of this latest turn is. 

Free schools or not, there is surely going to be considerable friction at local levels over the need for new premises for schools in coming years?

 

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