March 24, 2017
Ark Academy Plans Rejected
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.
Labour Underhill councillor Paul Edwards had spoken out against the plan and supported community groups opposing it.
He said: “I am very glad common sense prevailed at the committee last night.
“The development is excessively large given its very close proximity to local housing.
“It will take more than three times as many pupils as the Totteridge Academy, which has a much larger site and could accommodate further expansion.
The TRA continue to monitor the situation regarding these plans.
A version of this article appeared in the Barnet Times