Following negotiations over various legal matters and work to be done to public items, such as the widening of the footpath from Knowle to the site, the development of this site is now expected to proceed.
The Knowle Society has expressed its satisfaction with the plans for this site, which it believes will be an enhancement to the area. See SMBC Planning Application Decision: 2009/72/S.
The Inspector has requested further information from the appellant and has therefore postponed the hearing planned for 3rd August 2010.
All the hardcore is to be removed and levels restored to their original level with topsoil. This will happen over the school summer holiday. In the autumn the site will be planted with trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grass.
The Society has been advised that not only has the Grove Farm, Jacobean Lane Marina planning application rejection been appealed but the Stripes Hill Marina application has also now gone to appeal.
A group of temporary classrooms adjacent to Arden School on Station Road were dismantled and removed today. Planning permission had expired and their continued presence had led to irritation within the community.
Arden School has responded to concerns expressed by Council planners, councillors and especially local residents by removing these temporary classrooms a few weeks after the expiry of planning permission but before wider community agitation became significant. The community will welcome this move as nobody wants to see poor community relations with a very successful local school. The school would prefer to have continued with the use of the extra space, this being despite a recent history of strong growth of new facilities. The real issues on this matter from the perspective of the school although aired had not reached the point of widespread debate; most people however will be glad to see the law upheld and a longstanding eyesore addressed.