Plans to build a new primary school on land occupied by the derelict and vacant Putney Hospital can now move forward after opponents lost their High Court bid to block the scheme.
Separately, Wandsworth Council have approved a planning application for the new school, which will eventually cater for 420 pupils.
The cost of demolishing the derelict hospital buildings and building a new school will be largely funded by the sale of land for 24 flats at the northern end of the site, which is currently occupied by the disused nurses’ accommodation block. Plans for the flats were also approved at the same time.
Only a little over half of the land which was used by the hospital is needed for the new school and flats. The rest of this brownfield land, which is now mostly covered in buildings or tarmac, will be grassed over to form an integral part of the green space of Putney Common.
The hospital was closed to patients in 1999. It has remained vacant ever since and was acquired by the council as the site for a new school in 2012.
The council has also drawn up proposals for a new 420 pupil school at the soon-to-be-vacant Atheldene Centre in Earlsfield and for additional classes at five other primaries next September.