Goodmayes primary school expansion approved by Redbridge Council with conditions
PUBLISHED: 17:21 28 July 2016
Plans to expand a Muslim school were approved by the council’s Regulatory Committee last night despite fears over road safety.
Al Noor school, in Green Lane, Goodmayes, submitted an application to demolish the site’s existing buildings, including former pub The White Hart, and build a three storey school building with enough space for two forms of entry.
The committee approved the application with two conditions, addressing concerns about road safety in the area and the use of school facilities after hours affecting those living nearby.
Cllr Linda Huggett (Monkhams, Con) was particularly concerned by the affect any expansion would have on traffic.
She said: “As a faith school people come from a fair distance and I think this is going to be horrendous on the traffic in the morning, and before anybody says about buses, but with the best will in the world you can tell people to use them but they just won’t.”
As a result of this Cllr Paul Canal (Bridge, Con), requested a condition be added to the application to ensure the school would be open early enough for working parents to safely drop their kids at the school, which was seconded and passed.
A member of the public who lived 70 feet from the school also asked the committee to reject the expansion because after school clubs and activities at the weekend caused unfair disruption.
After hearing this, Cllr Emma Best (Church End, Con) proposed that a condition be added to protect neighbours from excessive noise in unreasonable hours by agreeing a ‘community use plan’ before the development went ahead.
She said: “I think we need to make sure we’re doing the very best that we can to protect all of our residents.”
Her condition was seconded and again passed, before the entire application was approved so long as developers adhered to the two new conditions.
As of this September, the entire school will move from the site to enable construction work to begin, and will instead be based at the Newton Industrial Estate, Eastern Avenue, Chadwell Heath.
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