A new special needs school will open in Brent after receiving planning permission from the council on Wednesday (July 22).

Brent Council’s planning committee unanimously approved proposals for a school in Christchurch Avenue that will cater for those with special educational needs.

Built on the site of the old Marylebone Boy’s School, it will accommodate up to 104 pupils from reception through to sixth form.

The decision came despite concerns from some neighbouring properties that the introduction of another school to the area could exacerbate issues with parking and traffic.

Objector Hillary Collard noted there are already six schools in the vicinity, which causes “mayhem” at pick up and drop off times.

She also suggested this location would be inappropriate given the needs of the pupils.

“It’s a much-needed school, but not for this area – the pupils deserve to be in a safer area with more greenery,” she said.

Cllr Michael Maurice, who represents Kenton ward, pointed out that the site previously housed a school so replacing it like for like should not have too much of a negative impact.

And Jayne Jardine, executive head teacher at Manor and The Avenue Schools, explained that all drop offs and pick ups will take place on site.

She noted car use will be zero, as per the travel plan outlined in the application, with pupils travelling by minibus.

The planning committee was satisfied this could be managed, with all councillors backing the scheme.