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School building plan controversy

PUBLISHED: 16:51 05 August 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 16 August 2010

WORRIED residents are concerned that a council may give the go-ahead for a two-storey building in their historic village while many people are on holiday. Bromley council received the application for the building from Hayes School, in West Common Road,

WORRIED residents are concerned that a council may give the go-ahead for a two-storey building in their historic village while many people are on holiday.

Bromley council received the application for the building from Hayes School, in West Common Road, Hayes on June 26 and informed residents of the proposals on July 13.

The three-week consultation period for neighbours to comment on the proposals, for classrooms and a sports hall, ended yesterday, but some residents feel this was not enough time for people to put forward their views as many are abroad. The target date for a decision is September 23.

Resident Brian Horley, of the Knoll, Bromley, believes the building will change the face of Hayes and people need to be aware of it.

In his objection, he wrote: "West Common Road is a key part of the conservation area and shows the dramatic change from suburbia to countryside giving a brief idea of the rural village nature of Hayes. The planned building will dramatically change this as the aspect facing West Common Road and has all the rural charm of a canning factory.

"The plan states that 'at present' there are no plans to increase the roll beyond the current 1,600. Hayes - and in particular the roads around the West Common Road entrance - are gridlocked every morning and evening and parking is a nightmare.

"Any planning application should include an absolute assurance on pupil numbers and include a full impact review of transport and access.

"The school and its agents state that full neighbour consultation has taken place. My property is within 50 yards of the school grounds and the first I was aware of the plans was when I received the Bromley Town Planning notice.

"Given the potentially dramatic impact on the village of Hayes, their consultation is totally inadequate.

"It is essential that the full impact of their entire plan is available to all residents of Hayes before the plans are considered.

"The application has been carefully timed to coincide with the holiday period.

"Villagers will have strong feelings about this and I trust that any associated planning meeting will not take place before September."

Bromley council said three weeks was the legal consultation period for a proposal of this size.

A council spokesperson said: "The law only requires three weeks of consultation on an application.

"This allows us to analyse the bulk of responses before writing the committee report and to determine the outcome within the required time limit.

"However, in Bromley we do include late comments received up until the report is written."

At the time of going to press,

nobody from Hayes School was available to comment.

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