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Rowing schools set to agree a compromise

PUBLISHED: 15:37 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:11 12 August 2010

A SPAT between a boys and a girls school over a new £38million building may be nearing resolution. Langley Park School for Boys have resubmitted a planning application to Bromley council omitting the all-weather sports pitch which Langley Park School

A SPAT between a boys' and a girls' school over a new £38million building may be nearing resolution.

Langley Park School for Boys have resubmitted a planning application to Bromley council omitting the all-weather sports pitch which Langley Park School for Girls has strongly objected to, on the grounds that it is too close to their school and would be a distraction for pupils.

The battle has been ongoing since 2006 when funding was first received for the new building, to be built in Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham.

It would fully-replace the boys' old facilities, originally built for 650 pupils but which now houses 1,600.

Bromley council is contemplating appealing the decision but governor of the boys' school said he just wanted to resolve the disagreement.

Chair of Governors, Charlie Grimble said, "This planning application brings together the ongoing design improvements following the considerable work architects, engineers and other specialists have continued to put in over the past year.

"Although the need to submit a new planning application in the light of the Court of Appeal's decision has delayed the project, we look forward to the council considering our new application in due course and construction starting in early 2010.

"We have met with the headteacher and chair of governors at the girls' school and have made them a formal offer which we believe addresses fully each concern they have shared with us.

"Specifically, we have omitted from the planning application the proposed all-weather pitch to the rear of their school while we pursue alternative siting options in this regard. We have also inserted an access way to provide their staff and pupils with safe access to their school from St Dunstan's Lane to respond to another ongoing legal action that affects both schools.

"It is very important to the governors of the boys' school that we do all we can to return quickly to a fully-positive relationship with the girls' school, for the benefit of all pupils."

The girls' school lost its judicial review which it brought before the High Court in February but finally won its case at the Court of Appeal last month.

At the time of going to press, nobody from Langley Park School for Girls was available for comment.

The planning application is due to be considered by the council in October 2009 and completion of the buildings is scheduled for 2012.

kate.nelson@archant.co.uk

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