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May 26 2011

Welldon Park Infant School – planning permission granted!

Back in April, we published an article about Welldon Park Infant and Nursery School applying for planning permission for (and we quote the application, here): “RESURFACING OF EXISTING CARPARK; NEW CANOPY OVER EXISTING DECKING; NEW FREE STANDING CANOPY TO THE SOUTH OF THE CAR PARK; NEW CYCLE STORAGE TO WEST OF CAR PARK; NEW CROSSOVER TO ENTRANCE; NEW FOOTPATH ALONG THE EDGE OF THE CARPARK; AUTOMATIC VEHICLE AND PEDESTRIAN GATE AT ENTRANCE OFF KINGSLEY ROAD”

Good news is that permission was granted earlier this week, subject to a few, very reasonable, conditions:

1 The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.
REASON: To comply with the provisions of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

2 The development hereby permitted shall not commence until samples of the materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces noted below have been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the local planning authority:
a: the canopies.
The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details and shall thereafter be retained.
REASON: To safeguard the appearance of the locality in accordance with saved policy D4 of the Harrow Unitary Development Plan (2004).

3 The development hereby permitted shall not commence until there has been submitted to, and approved by the local planning authority:
(i) An Arboricultural Report & Method Statement in relation to removal of existing/installation of new hard surfacing within RPA (root protection area) of trees being retained
(ii) Details of any underground works required for the installation of the bicycle store adjacent to the Maple tree
(iii) Tree Protection Plan giving details of specification and location of protective fencing, and of any other measures to be taken for the protection of retained trees from damage before or during course of development. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.
REASON: To ensure that the trees near the proposed works would not be unduly affected by the proposals in accordance with saved policy D10 of the Harrow Unitary Development Plan (2004).

4 The development hereby approved shall not commence until details of a replacement tree (to replace the pine tree) has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Details shall include species, siting and size of the replacement tree.
REASON: To safeguard the character of the area and the landscaped setting of the school in accordance with saved policies D4 and D10 of the Harrow Unitary Development Plan (2004).

5 All planting comprised in the approved details shall be carried out in the first planting and seeding seasons following the completion of the development. Any existing or new tree or shrubs which, within a period of 5 years from the completion of the development, die, are removed, or become seriously damaged or diseased, shall be replaced in the next planting season, with others of a similar size and species, unless the local authority agrees any variation in writing.
REASON: To safeguard the appearance and character of the area, and to enhance the appearance of the development in accordance with saved policies D4 and D10 of the Harrow Unitary Development Plan (2004).

6 Before the hard surfacing hereby permitted is brought into use the surfacing shall EITHER be constructed from porous materials, for example, gravel, permeable block paving or porous asphalt, OR provision shall be made to direct run-off water from the hard surfacing to a permeable or porous area or surface within the curtilage of the site.
REASON: To ensure that adequate and sustainable drainage facilities are provided, and to prevent any increased risk of flooding in accordance with PPS25 and EP12 of
the Harrow Unitary Development Plan (2004).

7 The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: 1206-P01; 1206-P02 Revn B; 1206-P03 Revn B; 1206-P04 Revn C; 1206-P05 Revn B; Design and Access Statement
REASON: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

A copy of the grant notice can be downloaded here, and there’s some more  interesting information to be found on pages 46-54 of this document. And there is much much more on Harrow Council’s planning portal, here.

It is worth mentioning that in a stroke of genius, Harrow Council wrote, on May 26th – today – to the school’s architects, advising them that the application was to be considered by the council’s Planning Committee on May 18th, some eight days previously, should anybody wish to attend.

Disclosure: This author is a Parent Governor at Welldon Park Infant and Nursery School.  All information reported above is in the public domain within the planning application, as detailed.  There is, therefore, no conflict of interest.

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