UPDATE

GOOD NEWS - Dulwich Estate are not appealing the order! Thanks to everyone for their support!  We do need you to keep your voices heard - the consultation period for the New Southwark Draft Plan has been extended to the 7th July so we need Southwark to continue to hear our voices.  More information on the Urgent Action page.

"Thanks to a lot of hard work behind the scenes from a number of people, Southwark granted planning permission for school use of the green space and caretaker’s house on 26th January 2017. That was in itself a tremendous outcome.  The school’s freeholder, The Dulwich Estate, regards the green space and caretaker’s house as development land and objected to that planning application. On 24th March 2017 Dulwich Estate applied to court for permission to challenge the permission by Judicial Review on technical planning grounds.  On 12th April 2017, a High Court judge refused that permission on the basis that regardless of whether there was a technical error, it would have made no difference. Dulwich Estate went back to the High Court to ask for permission again, and on 16th May 2017, another High Court judge refused them permission, describing the Dulwich Estate’s planning policy position as “unarguable”. The Dulwich Estate now has until 23rd May 2017 to appeal against that order.Thanks to a lot of hard work behind the scenes from a number of people, Southwark granted planning permission for school use of the green space and caretaker’s house on 26th January 2017. That was in itself a tremendous outcome.  The school’s freeholder, The Dulwich Estate, regards the green space and caretaker’s house as development land and objected to that planning application. On 24th March 2017 Dulwich Estate applied to court for permission to challenge the permission by Judicial Review on technical planning grounds.  On 12th April 2017, a High Court judge refused that permission on the basis that regardless of whether there was a technical error, it would have made no difference. Dulwich Estate went back to the High Court to ask for permission again, and on 16th May 2017, another High Court judge refused them permission, describing the Dulwich Estate’s planning policy position as “unarguable”. The Dulwich Estate now has until 23rd May 2017 to appeal against that order.'

With HUGE thanks to Shoosmiths LLP  who have very generously supported through pro bono work on the Judical review - it is very much appreciated. 

 

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED  - please make your thoughts known on the current planning application here: https://tinyurl.com/l58d2ux

For more information click on 'Urgent Action'

The Judith Kerr Primary School is a thriving, all inclusive state primary school, currently teaching 240 mixed ability children. JKPS leases its building and grounds, which includes the only playing field, from The Dulwich Estate. The Dulwich Estate incorporated an option into the lease allowing it to develop residential housing on the playing field subject to planning permission. If the development is approved, the playing field will be permanently lost to the school.

 

The Key Facts

We were delighted with the support shown by unanimous decision of the Southwark Council Planning Committee to grant permission for: 16/AP/1944 | Change of use of a former caretaker's house to extend an existing primary school (Use Class D1) and the retention of the use of the grounds of the former James Black Institute Research Facility as a playing field and other uses ancillary to the school on 17th January 2017. The support of Helen Hayes, MP, Jane Lyons, Southwark Councillor, and all the supporters who turned out on the night showed our community strength.  Thank you to all involved!
 

250 children are currently studying at the school, learning a rich curriculum delivered in English and German. The intake comes from a wide area, made up of 50% proximity, 50% lottery. Ofsted rated it 'Good' this year. Extensive building work finished last Easter and the school will be at its capacity of 350 children in two years time. (Last year there were 184 applications for 50 reception places).  Losing the Green Space which is the playing and sports field would remove a vital resource from this thriving community.