An 'Unimaginative and Dreadful Piece of Planning'
Resident tells Ealing Today about concerns for his neighbourhood
Locals are furious about a double-deck extension put up to accommodate more pupils at St John's School.
Dave Randles from Felix Road outlines his objections.
'''This is a complex problem which involves the entire regeneration of West Ealing and the 10 acre site currently occupied by the Green Man estate.
The area is an amalgam of rich and poor people trying to co-exist between BMWs, patio gardens, loft extensions, urine soaked stairwells and syringes.
the last 10 years several hundred flats have been built in the square mile
surrounding St.John's School and the additional burden on the supporting
The extension to St.John's School is an unimaginative and dreadful piece of
planning which, not only fails to meet the needs of the School, but is an
eyesore to everyone around it. It has been built as an emergency stop-gap
with total disregard to local residents and families alike. The true cost of
the development is probably closer to half a million pounds and yet still
Council planning consent was approved under "delegated powers" which means that the matter was never debated by any elected members of the Council's Planning Committee.When questioned on this, I was advised that this is a regular procedure if there are no objections to a planning application. The Council say that they sent out 194 letters to local residents but received no replies - perhaps this isn't too surprising if, as we suspect, none of the letters were actually posted.
My family and I have lived opposite the School for well over 15 years and we
are pleased to see how it has developed since the new headmistress arrived.
Although the need for school places is clearly expanding, I understand that
things are not that desperate at the present time and that the alternative
would have been to build a more substantial single storey brick building
It distresses me that
the Council can make decisions of this kind, seemingly without any
Decisions like this do little to enhance
the look of the area and encourage people to take a greater pride in their
environment. How sad that the new extension has taken away the wildlife area
and pond that used to be on the site - one of the last green spaces within
the confines of the school.''
August 20, 2009