Ortho­dox school wins re­prieve

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY ROBYNROSEN

A STRICTLY Ortho­dox pri­mary school in Stam­ford Hill has been granted tem­po­rary ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning per­mis­sion.

With around two dozen pupils, the Gur school has been op­er­at­ing from a three-storey house in Fairholt Road for al­most a year.

Hack­ney Coun­cil has ap­proved plans for a five-class­room school for 40 boys aged from three-to-seven.

The coun­cil re­ceived 102 let­ters of sup­port and 25 ob­jec­tions.

Those against the school cited con­cerns in­clud­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion and in­creased park­ing, noise and an over­con­cen­tra­tion of schools in a res­i­den­tial area.

Hack­ney “ac­cepted that there is a need for these schools partly due to the fact that the Ortho­dox Jewish com­mu­nity do not wish their chil­dren to be taught in main­stream schools due to re­li­gious val­ues.

“The fact that this res­i­den­tial prop­erty is cur­rently be­ing used as a school lends weight to the ar­gu­ment that this ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity is re­quired, other­wise the chil­dren could be as­sim­i­lated into ex­ist­ing schools in the area.” The plan­ning con­sent is for a year.

School man­ager Abra­ham Schreiber said: “We are happy that they have granted the per­mis­sion and we want to have a good re­la­tion­ship with the neigh­bours.

“Our com­mu­nity is grow­ing and grow­ing and there was no space for our kids in the other schools.

“We are look­ing into ap­ply­ing to ex­tend the per­mis­sion or find­ing big­ger premises.”

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