Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan rejects plans for sports hall development



Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has rejected a planning application for a new sports centre which would have been developed on protected green space.

The plans – submitted by Harrow School – included the development of a 7,300 sq m sports block, with 4,600 sq m of the scheme due to have been built on designated Metropolitan Open Land.

The mayor clarified why he supported the expansion of Harrow School’s sporting facilities, but didn’t agree that it should come at the expense of protected, open green spaces.

Following the rejection of the plans, the mayor has invited Harrow School to work with his planning team to develop a new application for a sports hall on its current site.

“Since becoming mayor, I have been clear that protecting London’s precious green spaces is one of my top priorities,” said Mr Khan.

“I absolutely support the school’s ambitions to expand its sporting facilities, and their plans to open them up to the local community for the benefit of people of all ages are to be commended.

“However, I’m clear that expansion of this kind must not encroach on open green space, which is one of the capital’s most important and cherished assets.

“Nor, in this case, is it necessary to do so, as other options are available.

“I hope the school will rethink its plans and come up with a scheme which allows them to provide a new facility for their pupils and the community without harming the area’s precious green spaces.”

 


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