LBHF to review school closure

The newly elected Hammersmith and Fulham Council has said it will review the Sulivan and New King’s Primary plans established by the former administration in light of changes to housing policy.

Labour ousted the Conservatives at the recent local elections, and made a number of pledges in their manifesto. It now says that it will review the decisions, taken in February, to close Sulivan by merging it with a newly-expanded New King’s School. It says it now intends to publish proposals to revoke those decisions, following the new administration’s intended change to its housing policy that, it believes, could see demand for primary school places rise in the local area.

The change in housing policy, signalled in the new administration’s manifesto, places a greater emphasis on the need for new affordable homes to rent which, say the council, could have a particular impact on the South Fulham Riverside development where 1,000 new homes are being built.

A decision to merge the two schools was taken in January in order to reduce the number of surplus places across the two schools by 15 per year group.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader-Elect of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, said: “We have a duty to ensure that the local community has sufficient, good quality places available.”

It has been suggested that the new Labour administration will also seek to roll back some other decisions, such as those made around Earls Court.

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