Barry Gardiner MP has now received confirmation from the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Mr Brandon Lewis MP, that the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government is actively considering calling-in the planning application for the expansion of Byron Court Primary School following a request from Mr Gardiner earlier this month.
Mr Gardiner said:
“I pay tribute to the local residents and parents who contested the proposed expansion of this school from the outset. The proposals will disrupt the education of current pupils whilst wreaking long term havoc upon the local area at drop-off and pick-up times. Residents are already struggling to cope with the existing traffic volumes and simply cannot take any more. Whilst I absolutely appreciate the difficulty that Brent Council has in meeting its statutory duty to find school places for all children in the Borough following the Government’s education reforms, it is staggering that Byron Court is considered an appropriate location for expansion. The traffic impact assessments and the assumptions used by the council to push this application through simply do not stand up and I am delighted that the secretary of state is now looking to see whether he can intervene.”