Last month Tower Hamlets councillors voted to refuse plans for a new four-storey primary school and demolition of the current school. But now council officers are leaning on councillors to reverse their decision when the committee meets on Thursday 18 April 7.30pm.
The application for a new four-storey school is being made from within the Council
by the Education, Social Care & Well-being department.
Though the current school is not a listed building will be one of only two remaining original buildings in the vast new Blackwall Reach regeneration area. Interestingly, the Blackwall Reach developer doesn’t require demolition of the school and is seeking to create a character area there. But the council’s Schools Department wants to knock it down and planning officer Andrew Hargreaves states the building has no ‘heritage value’ and cannot be ‘locally listed’.
Award-winning architects Birds Portchmouth Russum have designed an alternative plan that both expands the school and conserves the building. Local neighbours have supported this by signing the petition and say nobody has asked for their opinion on whether to demolish the school.
SIGN THE PETITION AND ATTEND THE MEETING ON THURSDAY 7.30pm to SCRUTINISE Tower Hamlets’ DECISION-MAKING PROCESS (Council Chamber, Town Hall, Mulberry Place: DLR to East India)
The school is in ‘Building Parcel R’ within the proposed Blackwall Reach Regeneration Area
A school annex, formerly the Manual Training Centre, being demolished on 27 March 2013