More time to respond to school plan
Published: Thursday 24th May 12
Residents in Putney will have more time to respond to a consultation on proposals for a new primary school on the vacant Putney Hospital site.
The council's children's services department is resubmitting its planning application for a new 420 pupil primary school for children living in the west of the borough.
If the plans are approved, the original timetable for the opening of the school will not change and children would begin to be admitted in September 2015.
All those residents who have previously taken part in the consultation will have their comments carried forward so that they are fully considered in relation to the new application.
A council spokesman said: "There were some technical issues with the application that needed to be rectified. This means there will be a new consultation period, allowing the public more time to register their views on the proposals."
Supporters of the new school point to the growing pressure on school places in this part of Putney with some parents already struggling to find state schools for their children.
The birth rate across Wandsworth has increased significantly over the last few years so it is vital that the council plans ahead to meet the projected increase in demand for school places.
The number of children being born in the borough each year has now topped 5,200. In 2001 this figure stood at 4,000. This sharp increase is partly reflected by the rise in the number of children now being born in Putney.
If the new school gets planning permission, it will be run as an academy. This would make it part of the state sector but give it greater freedoms to manage its own affairs and work in partnership with other schools, academies and education establishments.
Putney Hospital, which is situated on the eastern edge of Putney Common, closed services to patients in 1998. It has remained vacant ever since.
The planning application will seek permission to demolish the existing hospital buildings and replace them with a new primary school and 24 homes.
A planning permission was previously granted for residential redevelopment at the rear of the site in what were once the nurse's living quarters. This permission was obtained by the site's former owners, the local primary care trust NHS Wandsworth, which had planned to build residential units on this part of the site and use the funds this generated to pay for a new medical centre, until that scheme was abandoned.
Under the new proposals, the proceeds from the sale of these homes will help pay for the new school.
To view the application visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/planning and key in reference number 2012/0758.