#City & Town Planning
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP
United Kingdom

Brent Council intends to grant planning permission that would lead to an 800 place complex of schools on the site of Islamia Schools, Salusbury Road NW6. However the plans are in direct contravention of policies in transport, sustainability and local amenity.

Key statutory and local bodies have not been consulted. The project is falsely presented as the building of a single 400 place primary but it in fact opens the door to an 800 place school. Transport for London guidelines on assessing traffic have been ignored, so the plans evade the impact of up to 1200 car journeys daily in an area where 1700 pupils are already at schools within a 300 m radius.

The admissions policies on which the plans will depend have not been published. It disregards the Grade II listed site beside it and has not consulted English Heritage, as is required in such cases. It grossly overdevelops a school site originally devised for around 200 pupils, and provides wholly inadquate play space for the 800 children who would be accommodated there. It has removed sport and ball-playing space for building, and not replaced it.

We, the undersigned, ask that as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, you call in for scrutiny the plans for the proposed expansion of Islamia Primary School, London NW6. The plans directly contravene Local Government policy or planning guidelines on at least six points.

Six statutory authorities with a right to consultation in this case have not been consulted. The proposals overdevelop a site designed for 200 children to one that will take 800 children, with loss of playgrounds and sport facility. A bad deal for pupils, neighbours and council tax payers is about to be waved through by Brent Council - which is acting as developer and judge and jury.

We ask you to intervene and ensure proper planning procedure.

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The Islamia Primary School planning application petition to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP was written by StephenQP and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.