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Mayor of London gives Lake Farm School the green light

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has given Hillingdon Council the go ahead to move forward with its proposal for a new school.

News release: 23 April 2013

The Mayor has agreed that the council's application for planning permission complies with the London Plan and has given the green light for the new school to be built, which will deliver much needed primary school places to families living in the Lake Farm area.

Like many boroughs in London, Hillingdon has and will continue to see a sustained increase in the demand for primary school places. The council is putting families first by ensuring it continues to plan effectively for the rise in demand for schools places, and the building of a new school at Lake Farm will ensure that children in Hayes have a classroom of the right quality in the right place.

The council carried out extensive school places planning activities and forecasting to help identify the priority areas in the borough and evidence showed that 630 primary school places were required in the area.  As part of this planning process, Hillingdon council also examined 26 possible alternative sites, but Lake Farm was found to be the only viable option that would meet the needs of children and their families in the area.  

Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, commented:

"We are extremely pleased that the Mayor of London has recognised the importance of a good start in life for the children of Hayes and supported the building of a new school at Lake Farm.

"Opponents of the scheme have been given every opportunity to come up with an alternative site but nothing feasible has materialised so we need to press ahead with the agreed proposal to ensure our children have access to the education they deserve. If this school isn't built at the Lake Farm then the fact is there will be local children left without a permanent school place."

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