'The news we've been waiting for' - 420 pupil primary school is approved at Langley Park site
PUBLISHED: 12:33 13 October 2017
Plans were approved by Bromley council on Thursday
Plans for a 420-pupil primary school to be built in the grounds of an existing secondary school were approved last night.
Bromley council approved plans for Langley Park Primary School on Thursday night after receiving more than 70 letters of support from Beckenham residents.
Hawes Down Centre in West Wickham has been acting as a temporary base for the school since September 2016, as it planned the move on to the Langley Park School for Girls site.
Right now there are 46 pupils and eight members of staff working at the primary school, but it hopes to reach capacity, with 30 full time members of staff, by 2022.
Following the approval, acting head teacher Hayley Starr said: “This is the news we’ve been waiting for.
“My colleagues can hardly wait to start work in the brand new building. We’ve had a fantastically successful year and a half term despite the temporary site, I want to thank the staff and parents for bearing with us.”
The planning application received more than 70 letters of support when it was submitted to the council, while 20 residents wrote to object to the proposals.
Concerns were raised that the existing Langley Park School for Girls already impacts local parking and traffic, with one resident warning the nearby Chinese Garage roundabout is “becoming ever more dangerous at existing levels of housing traffic and schools.
“There could be a major health and safety issue if there were a need to get emergency vehicles for example to the girls’ school between 3pm and 3.30pm.”
Further obections were raised over building on protected Metropolitan Open Land, however due to a demand in primary school places, the school is seen to meet the very special circumstances required to by-pass the protection.
Anne Hudson, lead proposer and CEO of Langley Park Academies trust, said: “I am very grateful to the colleagues in the trust who have worked with us to manage the temporary LPPS site and the planning of the new building, especially chief financial officer Keiko Snape.
“We also really value the way in which our fellow heads at Hawes Down and Clare House have supported LPPS staff over the past year. We look forward to continue to raising standards in all of our trust schools through deep collaboration across phases.”
The school’s new building hopes to open in September 2018.