for new riverside school meets opposition
Pier House School causes discontent amongst some Strand on the Green
is causing further unrest, this time in Strand on the Green as Hounslow
Council’s Planning Department begins a consultation with local residents.
The planning application in question seeks to convert The Pier House
into a preparatory school for up to 420 boys and girls aged 5-13
in one of Chiswick’s most picturesque settings, the recently refurbished
Pier House currently houses the IMG Business Centre (see picture
left). If the application is successful it would transfer the building’s
use from business to educational. Alpha Plus, the group who run
Falcons Schools, are proposing to launch the new school in September
local residents are extremely concerned over a number of issues
a new school would bring, the most apparent being health and road
The Pier House
is situated within the Strand on The Green Conservation area on
a narrow stretch of road, close to the North side of Kew Bridge.
Traffic is already heavy and cars park on both sides of the road.
Parents dropping off and picking up, albeit only twice a day, may
only serve to intensify existing problems and create greater safety
issues. Results from a review of safety of Thames Road/Strand on
the Green, conducted at the time of the proposed 272 bus route extension,
are still unpublished despite being promised in February 2002 by
LBH. Alpha Plus have commissioned their own Transport Assessment
to accompany the planning application.
The new school
proposes to use 50 seat coaches to transport children to and from
sporting activities in Dukes Meadows in addition to the smaller
ones proposed to bus a number of children to and from school at
each end of the day.
to traffic and safety issues outside the school, certain residents
have voiced discontent with regard to the noise school children
make during recreation time. It is proposed that of the 45 existing
parking spaces on the premises, approximately 25 will be made into
a recreation area. Bearing mind that they will be anything up to
420 children, playtimes would have to be staggered meaning that
playtime noise could be prolonged for those closest by.
Strand on the Green has one state primary school for 350 pupils
situated on the same stretch of road and, like most Chiswick schools,
not only has its share of traffic problems, but it is regularly
over-subscribed. Schools in the private sector in Chiswick also
generally have long waiting lists so many local parents will welcome
the proposed new option as an alternative to educating their children
outside the area.
If you would
like to voice your opinion with regard to this application, please
Ian Draper – Case Officer (01076/J/P18)
Head of Development Control
Environmental Services Department
London Borough of Hounslow
The Civic Centre
Hounslow TW3 4DN
Deadline for representation to the Council was Tuesday June 3 2003
although it may be that submissions after this date will be considered
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