Dundonald school application taken to Mayor London's office

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By adam_leone | Friday, December 07, 2012, 09:53

The planning application for the expansion of Dundonald School onto the recreation ground has been taken to the City Hall's planning office.  

Campaign group, Protect Dundonald Rec claim that the expansion of the school on to open space breaches Merton's planning policy and the London Plan regulations.  

The Secretary of State will to also consider the application.

A recent independent report commissioned by Merton Council proved that there are other sites where a school could be built without taking public Open Space.

Lorraine Maries, Chairman of PDR said: "This independent report confirms that building on Open Space is not a necessity but a choice."

"Other documents recently released by the Council demonstrate that 'low cost' is the only reason for choosing to build on Open Space – the current application is not the best option for either the school or the community."

"It is both morally wrong and illegal to jeopardize green space for the sake of a questionable financial saving.  What price can be put upon green space in a heavily populated urban area?"

Sport England has also objected to the building scheme because there would inevitably be a loss of sports facilities.  

This unpopular application has so far received more than 450 objections from local residents, local sport teams, and people who have sincere concerns about the future of the Recreation Ground.

The Protect Dundonald Rec Campaign Group says they'll launch a Judicial Review if the application is forced through and they say they're considering a charge of maladministration against the Council.

      

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