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Sports hall to be used by Park High School only
A school will not be allowed to open its sports hall to members of the public after concerns about the impact on people living nearby.
Park High School, in Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, had submitted plans to Harrow Borough Council to allow clubs to use its sports hall.
Last night the committee refused planning consent on the grounds the school had not provided enough evidence of a need for the facilities to outweigh the impact on people living nearby.
Planning officers had recommend permission be granted, but Councillor Sachin Shah proposed refusing permission.
He said: “I have not seen enough evidence here tonight to show me there in sufficient need for these facilities that outweigh the impact and harm the proposals would have on local residents."
He said proposals would lead to increased noise, disturbance and traffic and his motion was passed by four votes to three.
During the meeting Michael Nobel, who lives near the school, said: “We urge the committee to reject these plans as it will place a burden on the residents to make sure the conditions are kept to.
“There is already noise and disturbance during school hours and we do not need a trial period to tell us what we already know."
Under the plans, the public would have only be allowed to use the sports hall between the hours of 6pm and 10pm from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays for a two year ‘trial period’.
The school said the hall's opening of the hall and a one way system in streets nearby would be strictly managed.
Speaking in favour of the plans, Cllr Marilyn Ashton said: “I have every sympathy with those who live near the school and I understand their concerns.
“I think the school should be given a chance to prove it is responsible and that there will not be disturbance which will harm their amenity.”
The plans were due to be put before the committee last month but the decision was deferred to allow the school to gather evidence of a need for the facilities from the public.
Letters had been received from four cricket clubs saying they would be interested in using the cricket nets at the school for winter training.
But councillors said this was not enough to say it would outweigh the detrimental effect the increased traffic would have on residents.
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