The slide of the artists' impression of the new Ark Elvin school building had pride of place at the Planning Committee tonight and the green space looked impressive - especially the bit fronting the High Road, although maybe it was a different shade of green so that might be a clue.
|The space next to existing Brent House on Wembley High Road|
When Cllr Maurice suggested that a condition be put on the Planning Application that it should remain a green space, Steve Weeks, Head of Planning, came clean and said that couldn't be done because it would be contrary to the existing Wembley Area Plan, which of course sees retails stretching from Wembley Central station all the way down the High Road to the LDO.
However, the Planning Committee were told that they had to consider the Ark Elvin planning application separately from any plans for the High Road frontage. Clearly any applications for the development of the space will be considered in the light of the Area Plan. Basically the new school will be hidden away, probably behind blocks of flats with retail on the ground floor.
It was also confirmed that Jesmond Road residents can't be spared construction traffic by alternative access to the school site via Brent House, because the Council are on the verge of reaching a deal with developers on that site.