Nov 1 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
AN EXTRA 420 school places will be created across the borough after two planning applications for extensions were granted by the council.
Stanburn First and Junior School and Glebe Primary School will each be able to take in 210 more children after being given permission to build extensions, creating more classrooms and other facilities, at a Harrow Council planning committee meeting on Thursday last week.
The changes are being made to cope with the increasing demand for places.
Glebe Primary School in D’Arcy Gardens, Harrow, will build a hall and an admin office, while classrooms will fill the present school hall and administration offices.
Neighbours in Tonbridge Crescent, Charlton Road, Glenalmond Road, Glebe Road, D’Arcy Gardens and Kenton Learning Centre were all consulted and some concerns were raised about traffic congestion.
The application was granted, however, with an additional condition that there should be a travel plan created to avoid traffic congestion.
The application for Stanburn First and Junior School in Abercorn Road, Stanmore, was granted, also with a condition that a travel plan be implemented.
Belmont ward councillor and deputy leader of the Conservative Group, Barry Macleod-Cullinane, told the meeting: “A lot of my residents are concerned about the application because there is already so much traffic caused by the school.
“I appreciate there is a need for the school expanding but there is a traffic issue here.
“Residents are already having to deal with parents and teachers parking over their driveways, if the school expands then there will be more parents and children coming into the area from further away, causing extreme pressure on the traffic.”
Residents were consulted in three neighbouring streets – Wemborough Road, Belmont Lane and Abercorn Road – and a summary of responses showed concerns over traffic congestion and a lack of car parking spaces for staff and visitors.
Stanburn School will build a two-storey extension with a first-floor link to the main building, with alterations to the pedestrian entrance and creating four additional car parking spaces.