Boris says yes to parkland school

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has given Hillingdon Council the go ahead to move forward with its proposal for a new school on parkland in Hayes.

The Mayor has agreed that the council’s application for planning permission complies with the London Plan and has given the green light for the new school to be built, which will deliver primary school places to families living in the Lake Farm area.

The development has been controversial locally because it will consume around 5ha of parkland thought of as greenbelt.

As part of the planning process for the school, Hillingdon council also examined 26 possible alternative sites, but Lake Farm was found to be the only viable option that would meet the needs of children and their families in the area.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, commented: “Opponents of the scheme have been given every opportunity to come up with an alternative site but nothing feasible has materialised so we need to press ahead with the agreed proposal to ensure our children have access to the education they deserve.”

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