March 24, 2017

Ark Academy Plans Rejected

When Ark Academy trust presented its proposal for a school of up to 1,680 pupils on the site of Barnet FC’s Underhill stadium last year it was immediately met with displeasure by residents.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan joined the chorus of voices in opposition in October when he advised Barnet Council to turn down the planning application as it did not comply with his London Plan.

It was turned down at the council’s planning committee on 25 January on the grounds the school was too big for the site and the traffic and parking impact would be too great. The council found there were no exceptional circumstances to build the new school, which would have seen children aged four up to 18 in attendance, on greenbelt land.

Cllr Caroline Stock spoke at the meeting objecting to the development.She had previously spoken out against the plan and supported community groups opposing it. 

The TRA continue to monitor the situation regarding these plans.

A version of this article appeared in the Barnet Times

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March 24, 2017 | Planning

Ark Academy Plans Rejected

Controversial plans for an all-through school for over 1,500 pupils on the site of an old football stadium have been rejected.