Sat­mar school fights plan­ning re­jec­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JES­SICA ELGOT

THREE HUN­DRED sup­port­ers of a strictly Ortho­dox Stam­ford Hill pri­mary school turned up to back its ap­peal against Hack­ney Coun­cil’s re­fusal of ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning per­mis­sion.

The To­rah V’yi­rah is be­lieved to have been op­er­at­ing as a Sat­mar school since 2009 and cur­rently has 300 pupils. The Gil­moor Benev­o­lent Fund also wants to build a three-storey school on the ex­ist­ing site but neigh­bours in the sur­round­ing block of flats strongly op­pose the plan.

In its orig­i­nal decision, Hack­ney cited an “un­ac­cept­able in­crease in noise and dis­tur­bance” lead­ing to a “loss of privacy”. It also con­demned the “poor de­tailed de­sign… which would ad­versely af­fect the char­ac­ter and ap­pear­ance of the street”.

To­rah V’yi­rah rep­re­sen­ta­tive Eli Low was “dis­ap­pointed” that many of the school’s sup­port­ers had been re­fused ad­mit­tance to the ap­peal.

“They signed the at­ten­dance reg­is­ter and then had to leave be­cause there was only space for 30 peo­ple. So we had to pick those who could stay.”

He hoped the decision would be over­turned. “We re­fute the al­le­ga­tions made by the res­i­dents and are work- ing very hard to ad­dress con­cerns. We are al­ways will­ing to meet and dis­cuss things with them.”

A Hack­ney Coun­cil spokesper­son ex­plained that “Tues­day’s ap­peal, heard by way of public in­quiry, was against two re­fused plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions — re­ten­tion of the ex­ist­ing unau­tho­rised use and a pro­posed new school on the site in­clud­ing re­ten­tion of the orig­i­nal build­ing.

“Unau­tho­rised de­vel­op­ment can have a neg­a­tive im­pact on a neigh­bour­hood.

“There­fore, it is vi­tal that plan­ning per­mis­sion is re­quested in or­der to com­ply with plan­ning poli­cies and stan­dards. The coun­cil will take ac­tion against those that dis­re­gard the set plan­ning pro­to­cols.”

A decision is ex­pected within six weeks.

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