Stormont House School Hackney Downs Park proposals to be re-considered

This is via @rickmuir and the Hackney Downs Labour site: You may be aware that the Council is currently consulting residents and stakeholders about the redevelopment of Stormont House School on Hackney Downs Park.You may have received a consultation document setting out a proposal to redevelop the school in the middle of the park where the bowling green is currently positioned.We believe that this would be an intrusion and an eye-sore and would limit the open space available for users. Therefore on the 6th February we conducted our own consultation with local residents on Queensdown Road and discovered that while residents are in favour of redeveloping the school they are overwhelmingly against it being situated in the middle of the park.With this in mind we made strong representations to Council officers about our dissatisfaction with the plans and are pleased to report this proposal has now been withdrawn.Thanks to everyone who wrote in voicing their concerns about this plan which would clearly have had a terrible effect on the park.Officers are now working up a different set of options for re-developing the school either on the existing site or adjacent to it along the southern edge of the park opposite Mossbourne Academy. There will be a fresh consultation on these revised options.We are hopeful that a solution will be found that ensures the school is improved and redeveloped for the benefit of the children while at the same time protecting the open space and integrity of the park.We have also been discussing with local residents the need to ensure that the open space within the park is protected in the future and will be asking planning officers to address these concerns at the next North East Neighbourhood Committee meeting on 30th March. We write to you with details nearer the time and also write again when we know more about the new options for the school.If you would like to discuss this or any other matter with us we would be happy to hear from you. -o00o-Good news indeed :)”

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