Hayes School is holding its annual open day for prospective pupils on Saturday 11th October.
This means there will be parking restrictions in force on that day along West Common Road from Hayes Close to Baston Road, also around into Baston Road itself (south-west side) up to the playing fields, as well as along the north side of Warren Road.
Hayes School has opened phase one of its new classroom and library block, which was part-funded by Bromley Council.
Last year, when the school was seeking planning permission for the building, your local Conservative councillors were heavily involved in ensuring that the block’s design and siting was such that residents concerns were balanced with the needs of the school.
The building, which includes specialist provision for pupils with speech or language difficulties, puts into place a part of the school’s longer term masterplan. A permitted second phase of the build, including a new sports hall, will be built on the western flank of the block when funding becomes available; this will also enable the demolition of temporary wooden hut classrooms elsewhere on the school site.
At last Tuesday’s Development Control committee, the Council approved the plans for the new sports block and classroom block at Hayes School.
Following our previous representations to the committee, the school made a good number of changes to the plans, including a slight reduction in height, more evergreen planting on the boundary and removal of the wind turbine. The committee agreed with us (and the Hayes Village Association) that enough had been done to make the plans acceptable and supported the school.
However, the master-plan – which sets out the school’s longer term development plans – was deferred again pending more information regarding the traffic and parking situation.
Hayes School recently unveiled its plans, in the form of a “Master Plan”, for developing the school site over the next ten years. The plans included all daytime vehicle access being diverted to Baston Road, but also the demolition of the old north block and replacing the sports hall, all with a view to providing improved facilities for the school’s existing pupil numbers., the majority of whom come from the immediate area..
The Master Plan accompanied the first specific planning application for a new block in the south-west corner of the site, on virgin Urban Open Space. Your councillors were keen to stress not only their support for the school, but also highlighting residents concerns in pushing for an amendment to the plans to minimise the impact on the Baston Road traffic situation, the openness of the site and the impact on residents of houses in West Common Road.
At the Development Control committee on 8th September, both the detailed application and Master Plan were deferred to enable the various concerns to be addressed further. The application is likely to be brought back to the committee later in the autumn.