Gabriel House SE27 0JF to become a primary school
West Norwood’s new primary school came a step closer to reality last month when councillors on Lambeth’s Planning Applications committee approved plans for the building in Wolfington Road.
Many residents will have seen the models and drawings for the school during extensive consultations over the past few months. The plan presented to the committee has not changed significantly and involves internal adaptations to Gabriel House, built nearly a century ago, plus a new, modern building on the back.
Two hostels owned by Lambeth Council will be demolished to make way for the school’s outdoor play area which will also extend down the tree-lined bank behind the current car park as far as Devane Way.
The vast majority of residents who commented on the plans support the scheme . Some people raised concerns about parking & traffic problems in Wolfington Road and the proposed loss of the footpath from Wolfington Road to Devane Way .
Cllr Pickard put these concerns to the committee and it was agreed to carry out a detailed assessment of usage of the footpath and amend the planning permission if necessary. It was also agreed to include traffic calming near the school entrance..
The new two-form entry school building, to be managed by Julian’s School, is due to open in 2012, Building work is due to start this summer.
Children will join the new school from this September – in temporary classrooms on the Julian’s site.
For details see item 13 on agenda of Lambeth Planning Committee 24th May 2011: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=600&MId=7595
The plans for new primary school plans in West Norwood, on the site of the London & Quadrant offices in Wolfington Road, have reached the planning application stage!
Cllr Jackie Meldrum viewing the school plans
The proposed school site includes Gabriel House and the 2 hostel buildings behind. The school’s main entrance will be in Wolfington Road and there will be a back gate onto the green space around Norwood Hall but for security reasons the existing footpath along the side of the building will have to be closed.
The formal consultation period starts now there is a formal planning application. You should be able to see a copy of the plans in West Norwood Library or on the Lambeth website under the “Planning” menus http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/publicaccess/ quoting ref 11/00832 . Comments can be submitted online. A decision on the planning application is expected by June 2011.
Councillors Jackie Meldrum & Jane Pickard at site of new school
Update: Due to public pressure the meeting at Nettlefold Hall extended opening to 9.30pm
The new primary school for West Norwood will be in Wolfington Road and this November everyone can have a say about the new plans. Drop in to Nettlefold Hall, upstairs from West Norwood Library, between 2pm and 9.30pm on Wednesday 24th November 2010 to meet the people working on the new school. The architects, Shepheard, Epstein & Hunter, want to know what you think of the plans before they submit a planning application to convert the office block on Wolfington Road into a new primary school.
This new primary school for West Norwood is due to open in September 2011 thanks to funding agreed by the Labour government before the May elections. Julian’s school will manage the two schools together and for the first year temporary classes will be on the Julian’s School site at the top of St Julian’s Farm Road. In the next week or so the school admissions pages on the Lambeth web site should have information on how to apply for reception places at the new school for the 2011/12 school year – before the closing date of 14th January . Click here for the admissions page.
There is an increasing demand for primary school places across London, particularly in West Norwood, and as a next step the council wants to rebuild the Julians School on Leigham Court Road as a 2-form entry school so doubling the number of places. The council is struggling to make £80m of cuts to its budgets and is looking for money from the government to rebuild Julians School. Like other councils Lambeth is waiting to hear about the new coalition government’s funding plans to help tackle the shortage of school places in London.
Local councillors, Jackie Meldrum and Jane Pickard, know how important it is to have a good local primary school and have been pressing the council to expedite plans for the new school. Families living just south of West Norwood station have struggled to find a primary school in easy walking distance. This new school will be a welcome addition to the West Norwood community.
Cllr Jackie Meldrum at the Portico Gallery
Portico Gallery on Knights Hill, near Wolfington Road, is holding an exhibition of paintings by Harriet Muller from Saturday 11th September to Saturday 25th September.
Opening hours are 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday.
For more information on the Portico Gallery see http://www.porticogallery.org.uk . Harriet Muller also has her own web site at http://www.harrietmuller.com