12:34pm Monday 20th January 2014
By Bruce Thain
The headteacher of a Hindu school hoping to secure a permanent home on a set of playing fields says it is an “extremely attractive site and ideally located”.
Avanti House School has announced it has identified Whitchurch Playing Fields, in Wemborough Road, Stanmore as a possible new home.
Harrow Borough Council says it will now be carrying out a feasibility study of the site.
Avanti House headteacher Gareth Jones, said: “This is an extremely attractive site and ideally located.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to develop it as a school and as a wonderful resource for the community.
“We do of course recognise that this is just the beginning of the process and that everything depends on the outcome of the feasibility study.
“However, this will come as very welcome news to our students, to our loyal parents."
Avanti Schools Trust chief executive Nitesh Gor said: “We are very grateful to the council, and specifically to Councillor Susan Hall, for making our school a priority.
“We know that Harrow residents value our schools and it is good to see that this is being recognised by the Council.”
Cllr Hall said: “There is a pressing need for more school places in Harrow and a lack of suitable land for development.
“We have worked closely with the Avanti Schools Trust, which already has a strong and indeed unique track record in Harrow serving our significant Hindu community.”
In 2012 Harrow Council's then Labour administration gave its backing to the Whitchurch Consortium's plans to build a new sports complex and leisure facility on the site.
The proposals to develop the fields have been controversial with people living nearby who launched a campaighn to turn the fields into a village green.
Cllr Hall said: "We have a duty to look at the Whitchurch site again in view of the educational use of the land that came to light during the issues over possible use as a village green, and the development option put forward by the Whitchurch consortium.
“We appreciate the consortium has put significant effort into its proposals.”
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