Letter to CHRA Members and Supporters re. Holland Park School -Conservation Area Consent Application & Letters of Objection to Government Office for London (GoL)

8th August 2008 CHRA

Chairman, David White thanks all CHRA members and supporters for all their support and letter writing.

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Government Office for West Midlands (GOWM) decision re. Conservation Area Consent

4th August 2008 CHRA

Despite CHRA's evidence and nearly 100 letters of objection, GOWM decide not to call in RBKC's plans.

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Response from the Government Office for London

31st July 2008 CHRA

Despite all the evidence presented and nearly 100 letters of objection, GoL choose not to 'Call in' RBKC's plans

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CHRA's letter to the Secretary of State, Hazel Blears re. Holland Park School

31st July 2008 CHRA

CHRA sets out the concerns of local residents regardingthe way in which the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has dealt with determining its own application for redevelopment at Holland Park School and requests an independent inquiry.

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Indigo Planning's Letter to the Government Office for West Midlands Re. Conservation Area Consent (CAC)

30th July 2008 CHRA

CHRA's planning consultants request that all the evidence supplied by CHRA, English Heritage and RBKC's own Architectural Appraisal Panel be taken into account when considering the CAC

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Mayor's Stage 2 Report on Holland Park School

24th July 2008 CHRA

Despite all the evidence presented, nearly 100 letters of objection,his many public promises and his vow the evening before, 'Read my lips. No sale of playing fields', the Mayor passed RBKC's plans to sell off the HPS playing field the very next day.

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Memo from David White to Mayor Boris Johnson plus attachments;
1. Holland Park School - Existing school areas versus proposed school areas
2. School Standards and Framework Act 1998

22nd July 2008 CHRA

Meeting the Mayor in person at the GLA Conservative Summer Party, it became apparent that the Mayor did not fully appreciate that land would be lost or indeed that this land was open play space. Mayor Johnson did however make yet another public promise that evening, 'Read my lips. No sale of playing fields.' David White followed up his meeting with this memoand proof of the correct figures regarding the loss of land at the proposed Holland Park School plus the definition of 'playing field'.

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LetterFrom Indigo Planning to GLA 14th July 2008

14th July 2008 CHRA

CHRA's Planning Advisor's request that Mayor Boris Johnson's advisors,refuse RBKC's Planning Application for Holland Park School or support CHRA's request that the Secretary of State 'call in' the plans again.

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OPEN LETTER TO DEPUTY MAYOR, IAN CLEMENT re. Misleading Evidence to the Planning & Spatial Development Committee

18th July 2008 CHRA

CHRA writes to express grave concern about the robustness, accuracy and appropriateness of the evidence Mr Clement gave to the London Assembly's Planning & Spatial Development Committee on Tuesday morning, 15 July 2008.

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Will Boris Johnson honour playing field promises in his first big London sell off test?

3rd July 2008 CHRA

Local people are pining their hopes on an eleventh hour appeal to new London Mayor Boris Johnson to step in to save the school site.

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Should Britain's most expensive state school design be scrapped?

30th June 2008 Niki May Young Architecture World News

Calls to scrap Aedas-designed school in London borough

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Ex-minister joins fight to stop sale of playing fields

27th June 2008 Danny Brierley Evening Standard

Sir Tim Sainsbury, a member of the supermarket dynasty, and his wife Susan are planning to launch the legal action after Chelsea and Kensington Council agreed to sell the land belonging to one of London's top schools.

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Holland Park School sell-off:Royal Borough has lost "Moral Authority" on affordable housing, say lib dems

27th June 2008 Rowan Moore Evening Standard

Following the decision by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to sell off the play area in Holland Park School to luxury property developers, the local Liberal Democrats have condemned the failure to provide any affordable housing on the site.

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Give the Designer a Detention

24th June 2008 Rowan Moore Evening Standard

The Government's plan to rebuild or refurbish every secondary school could have resulted in some extraordinary buildings. But if Holland Park School is anyting to go by then it's a missed opportunity.

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Holland Park School design 'is like a slab block'

23rd June 2008 Dominic Hayes Evening Standard

Plans to build Britain's most expensive state school in one of the country's wealthiest residential areas were blasted today by English Heritage.

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Council's "Unreasonable Behavior" results in government order to pay thousands to local residents

16th June 2008 CHRA

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has been slammed by a government inspector for "unreasonable" behavior in a planning U-turn and ordered it to pay costs to a local residents' association.

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English Heritage slates Holland Park School plans

16th June 2008 CHRA

In the latest critical blow for the beleaguered plans for selling off land at Holland Park School for residential development and to build a new school, English Heritage has slated both aspects of the proposal.

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Holland Park School plan slated by council review

2nd June 2008 Dominic Hayes Evening Standard

RBKC's own review panel of architects has branded the design ' monolithic and relentless', criticised plans to use stone cladding, and warned existing architecture in the area had not been taken into account.

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Damning report delays Holland Park School application

29th May 2008 CHRA

RBKC's Architectural Appraisal Review Panel heavily criticises school design

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CHRA responds to RBKC's Architectural Appraisal Review Panel Report

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Mayor pledges to protect school playing fields

22th May 2008 CHRA
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Holland Park School - The Latest Twist & Turn!

15th May 2008 David White

We have now been informed that the school's plans will NOT go before the Major Planning Comittee on the 22nd May. We have been advised that there could be at least a two week delay but that it would not be delayed beyond the 8th July - that being the next planned Major Planning Committee meeting. It is unclear as to the exact reasons for this delay. What it does mean is that we have more time to write letters of objection. A large number of you have done so - for which, many thanks.

But more are needed!


Best regards,
David White,
Chairman, CHRA

CHRA Guide to the Second Planning Application

2nd May 2008 CHRA

8 page guide to RBKC'S proposals for total demolition and rebuild of holland park school.

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Leaflet Regarding the New Holland Park School Planning Application

10th April 2008 CHRA

Leaflet with diagrams of the new planning application

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Letter Regarding the New Holland Park School Planning Application

8th April 2008 CHRA

Update for Members & Supporters - April '08

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Ministers Attacked Over School Fields Sale

30th March 2008 Jo Revill and Anushka Asthana

Article from the The Observer on the sale of school playing fields.

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RBKC's Revised Planning Applications for Holland Park School

19th March 2008 RBKC
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The 72m school

19th Febuary 2008 Dominic Hayes, Education Correspondent

Article from the Evening Standard on Holland Park School.

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Trophy School project: Costs Spiral to pay for planning chaos and not one new classroom to show for it

19th Febuary 2008 David White
We are disappointed beyond belief by the sham consultation on the new application. Nothing has changed, as one-quarter of the school site is still being sold off for private housing, to pay for years of neglect of the school. The design of the school is totally unchanged and there is desperate cramming in of hard surface play space into the shrinking site. Open full Statement here

CHRA letter to The Leader Of The RBKC Council

30th January 2008 David White

Reply to Cllr Cockell regarding LEA consultation with local residents and the resubmission of planning application of Holland Park School

You indicate in your letter that you believe that the Royal Borough has undertaken enough pre-application consultation on the redevelopment plans for Holland Park School. As the Royal Borough withdrew its planning application before a public enquiry was initiated, we believe that it is imperative that that a fresh look is taken at the plans for the school. Open full letter here

Reply From The Leader Of The RBKC Council

21st January 2008 Cllr Cockell

Respose from Cllr Cockell regarding LEA consultation with local residents

As you will be aware, there was substantial consultation over a two year period on the previous application for the Holland Park School Redevelopment. This included wider public consultation and separate meetings with the Campden Hill Residents Association and the Kensington Society. Open full letter here

Open Letter To The Leader Of The RBKC Council

14th January 2008 David White

Letter to Cllr Cockell regarding the LEA Consultation on a new Holland Park School redevelopment proposal

The offer of a single meeting in late January or early February is not a satisfactory approach and we doubt this would meet the terms of current statutory guidelines or the various codes of best practice on consultation for planning applicants, or indeed the spirit of the vision as set out on the opening page of the Council's own Statement of Community Involvement, only published in December 2007. Surely you would expect better were it an external application from a developer? Open full letter here

Local Objectors Welcome the Decision by RBKC to Withdraw its Controversial Demolition & Rebuild Plans for Holland Park School

27th November 2007 CHRA

Kensington and Chelsea Council has announced that it intends to withdraw from the public inquiry into the redevelopment of Holland Park School. The inquiry - scheduled for February 2008 - follows on from the Council's controversial decision to grant planning permission for a redevelopment scheme that flouts its own guidelines for development in the borough and contravenes many aspects of national planning policy.

However, the Council have stated that they remain determined as ever to proceed with their contentious proposals for rebuilding the school based on selling off the school playing field for luxury housing. It is understood that a new application will be submitted for planning permission in the New Year.

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The Public Inquiry, starting on Feb 5th 2008 into the Redevelopment of Holland Park School and the Sale of the Playing Fields

5th November 2007 David White Chairman

Campden Hill Residents' Association (CHRA) has represented residents in the immediate area of Campden Hill for over 30 years. Most of our time is taken up with bread and butter issues local planning, local policing. We have a good working relationship with both Kensington and Chelsea Council and the local police.

In late 2005 the Council held its first and only public consultation on its proposals to totally rebuild Holland Park School and fund it by selling the playing fields. There were an overwhelming number of local residents who objected to the scheme both by letter and at meetings organised by CHRA. We have always argued that it is in principle wrong to sell school playing fields however tempting the financial argument. Playing fields, once sold, are lost for ever. The Council maintains (a) that the school is in such poor condition that it must be totally rebuilt and (b) the only way of funding that rebuild is by selling the playing fields. CHRA's position is that (a) the school is not a failing school in either educational or building terms what it needs is careful upgrading of existing buildings plus a selective rebuild of some specialist facilities and (b) there are alternative sources of funding, which the Council has rejected out of hand.


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